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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Government of Canada Acts to Protect Atlantic Fish Population

Sorry folks, I hope you'll indulge me, but I just couldn't resist this one (see previous article)

Against incredible odds the determined people of Atlantic Canada are working diligently to curb the ever increasing menace of a large ice rat population that is causing untold damage to the Nation's commercial fish stocks.

The Canadian government, in partnership with local fishermen, is planning an organized and efficient hunt of the growing ice rat population in March of this year.

Large bodied ice rats can often be found along the East Coast of Canada in the late winter and early spring as they migrate on ice packs from the frigid north.

Recent population estimates for this dangerous carnivore, some weighing in excess of 100 pounds, place the population at between 5 and 6 million animals.

This number is more than 10 times the human population in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador near where most of the ice rats migrate each spring.

In recent years there have been an increasing number of reports of large ice rats traveling in packs of a dozen or more, trapping large numbers of valuable commercial fish species, such as the endangered Atlantic cod, into local bays and decimating thousands at a time in a wild feeding frenzy.

Ice rats have been videotaped leaving the ice, swimming up under large cod fish, ripping the stomachs out of them and eating their soft underbellies before leaving the fish behind and moving on to its next victim.

Recently small numbers of ice rats have also been spotted further inland on the island of Newfoundland, in places where they have never been seen before. These individuals are believed to be traveling along river beds and streams to hunt and eat inland fish such as salmon or trout.

Environmentally alert and ecologically sensitive local fishermen have expressed no interest in completely ridding the coastal areas of the migrating ice rats which are native to the North Atlantic region. Fishermen are instead hopeful that an annual hunt, with a well managed quota, will help ensure that the population does not expand or encroach further into more populated areas.

As one fisherman put it, "We just want to keep these things under control. If we don't there won't be any fish left."

Recently the animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), which is known for its unique and often quirky activities when it comes to promoting their cause, also sounded the alarm by singling out the world's fish as a species at risk.

In an effort to promote the protection of the ocean's fish populations PETA has begun referring to all fish as "Sea Kittens" in the hope that people will be less likely to eat them.

As PETA campaign co-ordinator Ashley Byrne told Canwest News Service this week, "Knowing that the fish sticks in the school cafeteria are really made out of tortured sea kittens makes most kids want to lose their lunch."

With a similar goal in mind, Canadian fishermen are also hoping to protect the overall Atlantic fish or "Sea Kitten" population by limiting the growing numbers of ice rats, sometimes called harp seals, which are known to destroy millions of tons of "Sea Kittens" each and every year.

By Myles Higgins


Glenn said...


If only NL could be like Alberta, rat free!

Great take Myles, bwwaaahahaha. I'll be passing this one on.

NL-ExPatriate said...

Fact is the majority of canadians don't support a seal hunt or know what the ocean smells like.

And because our political system is based on Tyranny of the majority no national party is going to do any more than is absolutely necessary as long as the majority of canadians don't care or support acting on this issue. That is if they want to get elected into power.

Since the majority of canadians 66% live in Ontario and Quebec all of the national parties are nothing more than proxy governments if and when they get elected to power.

Equality or Exit!

Anonymous said...

While the series I am about to tell you about might not deal directly with this session, it sure does indirectly. Please ensure that you listen to the series.

Every Newfoundlander and Labradorian should download and listen to the Spin Cycles a radio series by CBC producer Ira Basen about how those in power can manipulate facts in order to make their case for the rest of us.

The series explores the world of politics, big business, advertising and public relations to find the real message behind all that spin.

Even the Ottawa Bureaucrat we would least like to remember Scott Reid is talked about in this series.

The address below contains the series.


Anonymous said...

Thought that I would pop in and see if you were writtng another about the 'eco-terrorist' in B.C.

It basically amounts to the same level of thinking.But, we should be looking at our own governement as well for allowing these fanatics so close to the seal hunt.Would they be allowed in a butcher shop.

Too bad we never had these people before canada destroyed the cod fishery.

Anonymous said...

Government of Canada Acts to Protect Atlantic Fish Population

Now there is the biggest oxymoron I have ever read.

1)Canada + Protect Fish stocks = ???

Its almost like saying,

2) Military + Intelligence = ???

Or my all time favorite

3) BondPapers + The truth = ???

I guess what I am trying to say Patriot is that somethings in life will never add up. I guess you cant understand all the great mysteries of the world.