Open the proposed list of 77 lakes to ice fishing in New Brunswick!
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There are too few inland ice fishing opportunites in New Brunswick. Anglers are tired of this and some have stopped purchasing ice fishing licences or stopped participating in ice fishing completely. Small businesses could benefit greatly from the increase in winter time recreational angling as well. The list of 77 lakes to be potentially opened for ice fishing was created in 2014 and there has been no movement from DFO or DERD (formerly DNRE) on this since, even though concerned anglers, DERD Fisheries Biologists and DERD officials have done much of the ground work already.
What needs to be done to expedite the process?
#1. Anglers and First Nations need to voice their support for this initiative.
Option #2 or #3
#2. DERD needs to write a special variation order to extend the open water season which will allow the opening of the 77 lakes proposed and clearly explain the differing rules which would be imposed under provincial regulations versus the standard federally imposed regulations. This may be the easiest and fastest way to open these lakes to ice fishing.
#3. DFO then needs to put their wheels in motion to make the necessary regulatory changes to the exisiting acts that dictate which lakes are open to ice fishing. As mentioned before DERD has done their part, followed proper procedure and left the ball in DFO's court as it is their ultimate responsibility.
Your support will help us all have better angling opportunities during the winter season, increase licence sale revenues that support conservation efforts and help local small businesses. Thank you.
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