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WHAT CAN WE DO? - LOTS 
an opinion by John A. Vance, Environmental Engineering Technician, Outfitter, and Outdoor Writer
special note, commercial fishing in Ontario does not include charter boats, or the charter boat industry - just netting, such as gill netting, trawl netting and hoop nets etc.

The very first thing you should do is learn all you can about this sad situation of 'wholesale' commercial harvesting of this precious re-newable natural resource. 
As you can see to the left of this page, in the blue index, under gill netting, there is lots of material here. 

At the bottom of this page, you'll find the address for Our Premier of Ontario - Dalton McGuinty.

 - PARTICIPATE. -The more letters of protest that the Ontario government receives, especially from AMERICAN sport fisher-folk - the better! 

BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY - LOBBY YOUR STATE POLITICIANS - ask them to pressure the Ontario government - on your behalf - to stop commercial fishing on the Canadian side of Lake Erie - including any form of netting done by indians/natives. 

GET INVOLVED - take your concerns to your fishing/sportsmen's clubs, take up petitions, and send them to both the Ontario and your State governments. 

DON'T LOSE YOUR FOCUS!Be aware that the Ontario government is a huge bureaucratic giant, and many of the people in this entity, like their political boss's, are masters of deception. They're going to hit you with facts and figures that'll suggest that commercial fishing is not only a wonderful occupation, but they will try to convince you that commercial fishing is NEEDED. 

When they lay this crap on you remember BBB = Bullshit Baffles Brains - STAY FOCUSED! Don't waste your time disputing their statements - they've got mega high paid people to crunch numbers - in support of the commercial fishing industry; albeit most of the original numbers are taken from the commercial fishing industry itself, not a non-partisan or independent fact gathering agency. THE BOTTOM LINE MUST BE - TO STOP COMMERCIAL FISHING, AND NETTING OF FISH BY INDIANS/NATIVES. 

THE MOST IMPORTANT/SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITIES THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DO; BOTH AS INDIVIDUALS, AND ORGANIZED GROUPS, SUCH AS FISH & GAME CLUBS - IS TO LOBBY YOUR  US AND STATE POLITICIANS TO PRESSURE ONTARIO POLITICIANS TO STOP COMMERCIAL FISHING, AND ANY NETTING OF FISH FROM LAKE ERIE BY INDIANS/NATIVES 

Be aware also that our Ontario government is a gruff opponent. They've already 'beaten' our Doctor's Union, some of the most highly educated people in Ontario - then they 'whipped' the teachers union - so little chance you and I will have against these people of strong 'political will'. But - the bigger they are - the harder they fall - so take comfort in this. The only way to stand up to them is by having US and STATE politicians pressure  them with a united stand against commercial fishing, and netting of fish by Indians/Natives in Lake Erie - stay focused - NOTHING ELSE WILL DO - no concessions - no giving in - no political trickery or deceptions. 
 

  • Be sure to go to the gill net chat section, and get your two-cents worth in - stand-up and be counted! (see blue index at left of page - at the top)
  • Print this out and take it to your workplace - PASS THE WORD AROUND!
  • Tell your family and friends about this web site, and encourage them to visit, and learn about the situation.
  • Take a copy of this information to your local fish & game clubs, and be sure that the executive support what we are doing. - place the web site address on the bulletin board at work and sport's clubs.
  • If you belong to any other fishing chat groups - tell the 'gang' to come here to this web site.
  • We need all the help we can get - we need lots of names
  • Start a petition at work, and at your game & fish club - send it to your State and US politicians - and a copy to the addresses of the Ontario politicians at the bottom of this page.
I NEED you to be aware that I'M NOT paid by anyone or any group for my services, or the operation of this web site - as you can likely tell, I'm not one of the 'good ol' boys'! 

I NEED you to help support me & my cause - by visiting my product section and purchasing my written & hard products where you can. 
 


SEND YOUR PETITIONS AND COMMENTS TO YOUR STATE AND US POLITICIANS - WITH COPIES TO THE FOLLOWING TWO ONTARIO POLITICIANS

The Premier of Ontario: Dalton McGuinty
Room 281, Legislative Building, 
Queen's Park, 
Toronto Ontario 
Canada  M7A 1A1 
 



 

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