April 18, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)


Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)



This Bill is introduced for two specific reasons. The first provision refers to the British Columbia salmon fisheries. Heretofore it has been the custom to have the packages or cases labelled to show that the salmon was caught legally, or that the salmon was caught during the open season and not during the closed season. The department has found that this provision of the law has not worked out as satisfactorily as was hoped, and the object of the Bill is to abolish clauses 22, 23, 25, 65 and 66, as a result of which no one will be allowed to catch fish outside of the areas that are closed during the closed season unless he has a license, or unless the boat is licensed. The Indians have a habit, during the closed fishing season, of catching a considerable number of salmon. While they are allowed legally to catch salmon for their own use, they are *forbidden to catch salmon and offer them for sale either to the canners or the dealers. The object is to prevent any one offering salmon during the close season to any canner or dealer, unless either the boat or the man is licensed.
During the cloee season in Canadian waters it has been the practice of some of the Canadian lobster fishermen, and also of some of the American lobster fishermen, to catch lobsters outside of the territorial waters. It is proposed' by this legislation, concurrent legislation being passed by the United States Congress, to prevent the Canadian and American fishermen from

catching lobsters during the close season outside of the territorial waters.

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