The news is not good. Manitoba fisheries have come under scrutiny from a number of outside agencies. In fact just a few months ago, one group – Seafood Watch – said Manitoba’s commercial fisheries are among the most poorly managed in the world. Some fishing pundits have even gone as far as to declare an end to the walleye and pickerel fishery on Lake Winnipeg in as little as three years.
No matter who or what you believe, this is an important story. Fishing is a huge industry from both a commercial and recreational stand-point in our province. So what do our provincial leaders have to say about this? Do they even care?
The Selinger government continues to put less and less emphasis into conservation and protection of our freshwater fishery. What would the Conservatives or Liberals do differently, if anything at all?
Coming up on Tuesday, April 5th at 7:00 PM, an all-party election forum will be held to discuss this issue. We’ll find out where each party stands and what their plan may be for this precious resource. If you love to fish or make your living from fishing, this is something you don’t want to miss.
It takes place in Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall on the third floor of Centennial Hall at the University of Winnipeg on Portage Avenue.