Petition to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Recreational ice fishing in the Saguenay creates over $6 million in economic activity per year over its typical two-month season;
Recent scientific studies by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans show that the Atlantic halibut population in the 4RST area is very healthy;
No commercial fishing occurs in the Saguenay Fjord; and
Increasing the number of fish available during the ice fishing season would improve the experience and attract more tourists.
We, the undersigned, residents of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, call upon the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard to reopen the recreational Atlantic halibut fishery in the Saguenay Fjord for the ice fishing season in a controlled and responsible way.
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