Wednesday, November 04, 2009

 

TheWesternStar.com: Letters | They could care less about us

TheWesternStar.com: Letters | They could care less about us

They could care less about us print this article
LARK HARBOUR
HARVEY BELLOWS
The Western Star

Here are some of my thoughts concerning DFO and the way they go about regulating our fishery. Since 1949, Ottawa controlled the fishery and the hardship and misery of mismanagement took on a new meaning.

Due to the shortsightedness of our premier at the time, one of the greatest resources on earth was passed over to the complete control of Canada.

“Come into my parlor”, said the spider to the fly. Guess who the fly is? We didn’t know it at the time but we were trapped in their web of deceit and mismanagement ever since.
They show nothing but arrogance and contempt for the Newfoundland and Labrador people.

They can’t be trusted. Instead of rooting out the foreigners who are destroying anything that lives, they creep or crawl on the ocean floor, spending huge amounts of money and countless hours of surveillance just to catch some poor innocent bugger out on the end of a stage with a fishing rod catching tomcods.

What a shameful disgrace of a faceless, ruthless government.

DFO is “stealing” you might as well say, our livelihood, our dignity, and self-respect, our very existence. After 500 years of unbelievable hardship the Newfoundland and Labrador, fishermen have evolved into a stubborn, independent lot who don’t know how to give up or throw in the towel.

Martyrs to the fishery and their way of life.

I have the utmost respect and admiration for those who strive to eke out a living from such an unforgiving environment.

The Newfoundland and Labrador fishery, as I see it, is dying due to the greed and mismanagement of Ottawa, and the raping of the stocks by European countries off the Grand Banks.

To make matters even worse they are now contemplating signing away control of the fishery to a bunch of ruthless pirates. If this is allowed to happen then we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Will anyone living here even begin to fathom the grief and agony this will cause our people who have striven for so long to make a living from the ocean, only to see it slip away forever, and never to return.

It’s totally shocking and unbelievable that our federal government would even consider such an atrocity as this.

“May we all unite, stand our ground and go down fighting.”

I enjoy the Fisheries Broadcast and I hope they keep up the good work. Special thanks to Gus Etchegary, Leo Seymour and others for keeping us informed on fishing related issues.
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