Marine Protected Areas – Elevating Recreational Fishing to a National Priority

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Marine Protected Areas and Recreational Fishing In spite of its substantial constituency and major economy, the interests of the recreational fishing community are not considered when critical federal budgets, policy and legislation are decided. Looking five years down the road, the math around permanent fishing access closures is sobering for people who just want to take their kids fishing. A recently announced new Marine Protected Area in the Gulf of St. Lawrence bans recreational fishing in a location rarely visited by anglers. Why would DFO ban recreational fishing where only a few people actually fish? Where are the maps that show what else is being planned in other regions? To learn more about Marine Protected Areas and policies relating to recreational fishing in Canada, please take the time to read this document prepared by the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association. en Français