The front page headline “New fish regs affect tourism” (June 6) really caught my attention.
Many things are going to affect tourism this year, including the high Canadian dollar, economic problems in Europe, and expensive air flights, to name a few.
The article implied that non-Canadians would not be able to fish on weekends. It should be pointed out that although popular areas are closed weekends, fishing below Terrace is unchanged and open all week.
From talking to participants of the three years of meetings on the issue, I know that the regulation changes are attempting to relieve crowding and enhance the quality angling experience.
The fact is that the Skeena and its tributaries are the last places that anglers, without boats, planes or helicopters, can drive to the river and catch summer run steelhead.
Anglers know this and that is why they come and will continue to come.
What the tourism industry should really be worried about is what happens when the first oil spills after Enbridge builds the Northern Gateway pipeline.