Originally Published by CBC News, August 4, 2015
One group, frustrated by crummy weather conditions on the island’s east coast, wants the federal government to permanently extend the province’s food fishery.
Barry Fordham, with the Newfoundland Federation of Hunters and Anglers, says this year’s fishery has been fantastic in terms of the size of the cod being caught.
“They’re as big as dogs, as we used to say,” said Fordham.
“There seems to be no shortage of fish all around. I’m on Facebook and see all these people with 20, 30, 40, 50-pounders. Seems to be lots of them,” he said.
The problem, Fordham said, is that the weather and, more specifically, the wind has greatly impacted the season.
‘Combine the two seasons to lengthen them, that would be granting an extra five weeks to the season.’– Barry Fordham, Newfoundland Federation of Hunters and Anglers
“Which is what we’ve been talking