Monday, August 8, 2011

What's the good of a fishing wharf without fish?

“It’s one thing to have a safe harbour to anchor in, or a wharf to tie up to. That’s critical, no doubt. But what’s the good of having a safe harbour or a decent wharf if you’re taking your life into your hands if you’re leaving port.”
- My reaction, as quoted in today’s Telegram, to the news that the federal Conservatives will spend millions on small craft harbours, while preparing to inflict deep cuts elsewhere in DFO.

And another point from the same Telegram article:

“Why would the government build up harbor infrastructure if there’s no fish to catch and there’s no fishermen to catch it? It’s one thing that the fisheries fell, but the big question that I’ve been getting to with the need for an inquiry, is how come after 19 years they haven’t risen again?”

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