Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuesday, April LETHBRIDGE Commercial nets gather less fish EDMONTON (CPi-The Sea Green Salad, a com- bination of tuna, shrimp, whitefish and greens with dressing of your choice, costs at the downtown Hilton in Los Angeles. That works out to about a pound for the white- more than Charles Meaver of Mulhurst and other commercial fishermen in Alberta receive for their catch. "This year hasn't been very said Mr. Meaver, 64, who has been net-fishing Pigeon Lake since he was a boy. "I've made as much as in a season During the last 20 years a good part of the fresh- water commercial fishing industry in Alberta has fallen off because of a declining fish population and increased sport angling Fishermen netted 11.986.639 pounds of whitefish, lake trout, walleye, perch, pike, tullibee. ling, suckers and goldeye in the 1968-69 season In 1972-73 the take was 4.858.281 pounds, which reflected a loss in the tullibee catch to from pounds. "Most of the tullibee were caught in Lesser I I I ALASKA'S MIDNIGHT sun A WAITS you.. 22-DAY MOTORCOACH TOUR to ALASKA Departs Edmonton the 13th of July, 1974 TOUR INCLUDES Motorcoach and Escort Accommodation and Sightseeing as per Itinerary in First Class Hotels Baggage handling of one suitcase per person Travel Bag Final Dinner at Jasper Admission Charges and Sightseeing Alaska State Ferry (not a Cruise Ship) Deposit ol per person al time ol booking For further information and reservations contact A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE 608 5th Ave. S. Phone 328-7921 Ample free parking at rear ol building i Slave Lake and the industry has collapsed there." said C. E. Stenton of the province's fish and wildlife branch. "The fish just aren't there in quantity and we haven't found out why." Tullibee were used as mink food. The value of the catch to fishermen has fallen to last year from in 1968-69 while the market value has risen by to The Freshwater Fish Marketing Corp. pays 36 cents a pound for medium and 52 cents for jumbo whitefish, the species which dominates Al- berta s catch Buyers in Edmonton pay the corporation, a federal Crown agency with sole selling rights in Alberta, 75 cents a pound for medium whitefish and 95 cents a pound for jumbos. "I get a better price selling door-to-door than I get from the corporation." said Mr. Meaver, who would prefer a competitive buying situation. "Prices were better before the board took things over." Roy Schlader, the corpo- ration's Alberta zone man- ager, agreed prices were better in years when the catch was small, but said they feii when demand was low or the catch large. The corporation had stabilized prices. Mr Schlader said that because many of Alberta's lakes have been fished commercially for 50 years the resource has been depleted. 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