I would like to see something done in this connection. While our fishery guardians are enforcing the law on the Canadian side, the mill owners on the United States side are dumping sawdust in the river, and there is little to induce our own mill owners to observe the law. In fact, the sawdust floats down and destroys the salmon fishing in that river. If there is any possible way of taking the matter up with the United States with a view to concerted action, I would urge that that be done.
A publicity and marketing division of the department has been established. A press bulletin is prepared monthly and distributed to the newspapers throughout Canada. Specially illustrated articles have also been supplied to household periodicals. As a result, the press has never been so much alive to the great asset Canada has in her fisheries. There are competitions in writing articles on the fisheries, engaged in by the school children of the country. Photographers are engaged to picture the Atlantic fishing industry. The vote is to cover work along these lines.
The increase is due to the necessity for extending the ponds for rearing young salmon in British Columbia and the Maritime provinces, and for the establishment of a retaining pond for parent salmon on the St. John river.
I understand that this is the only way to improve our fisheries. The result of the work of the department does not indicate that my hon. friend is right in the view which he expresses. It has been a great source of developing the fisheries. As a matter of (fact, those who are interested in the industry are asking for new hatcheries in almost all the provinces.
I live within twenty miles of one of these fish hatcheries and I never heard any complaint of its being useless. I know the lakes nearby are pretty well provided with fish, and that the hatchery is appreciated by the people.
There is a fish hatchery in the county I represent, and we believe that if it were not for that, the salmon would be depleted very rapidly. I am glad to find the increase in the vote is for the development of fish hatcheries. I do not know whether the minister has any information on the subject, but I understood there tvas a still being run in connection with one of the hatcheries in the province.
1 did not know but that the $5,000 was to provide for the still.