Rocky Mntns. Maritimer
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Miramichi R.,NB/Bow R.,AB
Great news for NW Miramichi
Not a video,but conservation related,soooo......thought I'd pass along this good,albeit long overdue decision.
Metepenagiag not using gill nets this season
Councilor Norman Ward made the following post to a blog today - great news for the Northwest...
Everyone is aware of the low numbers of salmon returning to the Northwest Miramichi river over the past few years and not enough large females making it up river to meet spawning requirements. Because of this the Chief and Council of the Metepenagiag First Nation(Red Bank) which I am a part of have decided not to use gillnets to harvest salmon under our AFS agreement with DFO. Only trap nets will be used to and we have further decided that we will only keep male salmon from our AFS salmon allocation and release all female salmon. We are aware of the importance of conservation and are doing this to try and help salmon numbers rebound in the Northwest Miramichi. We are also going to record the cleaning of striped bass and analyze the stomach contents of each bass we harvest. DFO keeps telling us that the bass are eating mainly smelt and not enough par and smolts to make an impact. I disagree because the smelt are usually gone by the time the bass arrive in large numbers towards the end of May and early June. I think people will remember the photo on this site last year of the bass with five smolts which were all tagged. Four of the smolts were taken from its stomach and the fifth was hanging out of its mouth. I took this photo of in Red Bank. The smolts in the bass stomach were hardly digested and easy to recognize as smolt meaning that they had been eating not too long ago. If a small bass can eat that many smolt in a short period of time just imagine how many par and smolts the hundreds of thousands of bass are eating. Anyways I thought I would pass the news of Chief and Councils decision on to the fishermen of the Miramichi
Hooked on tugs
Airflo....some day all flylines will be made this way.