By G. Chambers
Recently Port Hope mothballed its plan to charge anglers a $40 fee to fish from public lands, but now it seems Cobourg is going down the pay-to-fish road.
This coming week, Cobourg is holding a public meeting to discuss issues related to fishing on Cobourg Creek. This consultation meeting is being held March 28 , 2017 at 4 p.m. at Cobourg Public Library (200 Ontario St.). Muncipal officials, MNR staff and police will be in attendance
It seems that some local residents are upset with creek users who illegally park on local streets, throw garbage around and illegally catch fish.
As an angling club, the Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting Association supports responsible angling, including respecting the rights of nearby property owners. We agree that anyone who illegally catches fish or violates local bylaws should be punished to the full extent of the law. We hope, however, that Cobourg Council and Cobourg residents make the distinction between responsible anglers and poachers. Responsible anglers respect the environment and their prey. Poachers are selfish lawbreakers.
Cobourg benefits from the tourism dollars that anglers inject into the local economy. Go after the poachers, by all means, but don’t punish anglers, and your economy, by implementing a fee to fish from municipal lands.