Fish Grab: Push and pull, as fishermen debate proposed tourist fishery

The notion that tourists should be able to drop a fishing line in the ocean all summer long has ignited a fierce debate on CBC Radio’s The Broadcast. Mussel Bed Boat Tours in Lewisporte is lobbying the federal government on behalf of 40 tour boat operators. “We proposed that we would start the season the first of June and end it at the end of September or the first of October, and that we would retain two fish per tourist per trip,” said Mussel Bed’s owner Graham Wood. “That doesn’t make any sense to me, right,” said Bay de Verde fisherman Tony Doyle, who’s against the proposal and worried about competition. “They can catch fish on his vessel when he’s out, but I’ll still be sitting on the end of the wharf and waiting for a three week fishery.” Read the rest here 07:53