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Reports of commercial fishing activities in Colpoys Bay frustrate Miller

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Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, is fuming over a report from an Oxenden Bay resident that commercial fishers are setting nets in Colpoy's Bay on September 2, 2010.

“I will be contacting the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) to verify this information and, if I find it to be true, I will expect charges to be laid!” said Miller.

Miller is under the understanding that putting nets across Colpoy's Bay contravenes the original fishing agreement between the Province of Ontario and the local native commercial fishermen. Today’s activity is complicated by the fact that the existing agreement has expired and is under renegotiation.

“I will be discussing this matter as soon as possible with MPP Bill Murdoch," says Miller. "This is a safety issue, and I don’t want to see another situation like the one that happened at Providence Bay on Manitoulin Island where several fishermen drowned when their equipment caught in a net and pulled their boat under”.

Miller added, “This is not the first time this has happened, they (First Nations) cannot plead ignorance of the laws.  This is being done deliberately and charges need to be pressed by the MNR. The commercial fishers cannot continue to be allowed to deliberately flaunt the laws and get away with it!”


 

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