Year 2005

(A writing to Dewey Gillespie from a very respected friend AJH)

 Until recently the largest commercial Atlantic salmon catches were made at the mouths of native rivers.  It is the high seas fishery, now guided by electronic fish finding gear and aided by improved nets and craft, that endangers the Atlantic salmon.  A large share of the fish from a given Canadian river can be netted a thousand miles from their spawning grounds by fishermen who have no idea where they came from.  Most controversial of the high seas fishing is in the vicinity of Greenland and the Faroe Islands.  The Danes, who control Greenland and its salmon rivers, were leaders in the disastrous harvest of Atlantic salmon.  It was a matter of locating the concentration of fish, which had probably been there all along, and which may have been enlarged through some change of migration routes.  Netting regulations are relatively easy to enforce at river mouths.  On the high seas rules are a different matter.  If the state of affairs in general donít change, in my opinion, the wild Atlantic salmon will go the way of the extinct flightless Do-Do Bird.  Fly fishers, you think times are tough now with New Brunswick sport fishing summary for 1998.  I predict sport fishing for Atlantic salmon will be a memory by the year 2005.  Sure hope I am wrong.  One good thing about the year 2005, should be great for yard sales.  Rods, reels and fishing gear should sell fairly cheap.