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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - August 29, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE A3 Gimli Fish 596 Dufferin Ave. 204- 589- 3474 625 Pembina Hwy. 204- 477- 6831 1083 St. Mary’s Rd. 204- 256- 3474 801 Regent Ave. 204- 222- 4672 Lobster Tails 4 for $ 12 $ .. , ...... GET UP TO CASH PURCHASE SAVINGS! THE SUPER MODEL CLEAROUT Get super deals on our super models BIRCHWOOD HONDA WEST .... - ........ Portage Avenue ...... - ...... - ........ birchwoodhondawest. ca BIRCHWOOD HONDA ON REGENT ........ Regent Avenue West WEST ...... - ...... - ........ hondaonregent. ca DEALER # ........ DEALER # ........ ONLY at your Birchwood Honda Dealers REGENT AND POINTE WEST AUTO PARK. £ .. . .... % On Approved Credit. † .... , ...... Cash purchase savings available on new 2015 Civic models leased through HCFI. Available for any HFS contract, lease or finance. Civic Bonus can be combined with lease rates advertised by HCFI and will be deducted from the negotiated vehicle price. 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The minister’s decision was sparked by anglers’ concerns that pelicans become tangled in fishing lines cast into the fish- laden area. Unable to fly or catch fish, pelicans wrapped in fishing lines have starved to death. “ Something has to be done. I will leave it up to ( Conservation) staff to make the specific decisions as to distances and so forth, but from the minister’s office, we are acting immediately to create a special conservation area where no angling will be allowed,” Nevakshonoff said. “ A fence will be involved… and it will be delineated in no uncertain terms as to where the fishers can and cannot go.” He said “ it would be a matter of days” for Conservation staff to begin work on the special no- fishing area. “ Time is of the essence. We’re already into late August. I don’t want this kicking into next year,” Nevakshonoff said. Ken Schultz, a local angler who shone a spotlight on the pelicans’ plight recently, said he has been lobbying the government for three years for that sort of restriction. He applauded the minister’s decision. “ That’s the best news I’ve heard in three years. That actually gives me the chills. I think it would work,” said Schultz. “ If that keeps the people out of there and helps the pelicans, and this overfishing thing, this would work quite well. And you’ll see more pelicans in that area.” Schultz and Stu McKay, the owner of Cats on the Red fishing company for the past 28 years, said they’ll be watching the area closely for signs the special conservation area is being established. “ We’re not trying to stop sport fishing, on the contrary. We want people to come out here and enjoy our world- class resources,” McKay said. “ We’re just trying to protect another part of the resource that can’t speak up for itself and that’s those birds and the fish that just get hammered ( with overthe- limit fishing) in that area.” Earlier this week, Schultz, his wife, Ann, and Mc- Kay told the Free Press about rescuing several pelicans. The birds were floating listlessly on the Red River, unable to fly or catch fish to survive, with fishing line cutting into their legs. The trio caught the birds, clipped away multiple layers of fishing line and removed a fish hook that was embedded in one bird’s wing. They found two dead pelicans with fishing line wound around their legs. Nevakshonoff said concerns about the pelicans’ safety affected the timing of his decision. “ Pelicans are very stately birds. This could be a slow and painful death for that animal. I don’t want to see that,” Nevakshonoff said. “ We’re hoping that our action taken today will address the situation. “ We want people fishing, but we want things to be done in a responsible manner and to not jeopardize the well- being of the other wildlife in the area.” The Free Press spent a couple of hours in Schultz’s boat Friday as he searched the river for a pelican in peril he had seen days earlier. Schultz witnessed an angler cast his line into a group of pelicans, hook one and then cut his line. The bird flew off with the line twisted around its legs and Schultz said the line would eventually kill it. That bird wasn’t found Friday, but a wounded pelican was located on the shore near Lower Fort Garry. As the boat approached, the bird couldn’t fly off and was dragging one leg behind it as it tried to swim. “ I don’t know if that one had a ( fishing) line on it or if something else happened, but it can’t fly,” Schultz said. He later called the tip line to report the injured bird. “ It’s terrible to see.” Natural Resources officer Robert Belanger, district supervisor in the Lockport area, said the new measures announced by the minister will “ protect the pelicans ( and) still allow an area for fishermen to have a good fishing experience in Lockport.” “ Just yesterday my partner and I… rescued a pelican from behind our office that had a broken wing and some fishing line on it,” he said. The animal was taken by Manitoba Wildlife Rehabilitation staff. “ People should be aware that this is a problem. The majority of the fishers there are really good. There’s a small minority who would continue casting out towards the birds regardless of the problems they are causing,” he said, noting some people don’t know that the birds aren’t able to get out of the way of a fishing line. “ It’s about education.” In that area, officers have charged 60 people since May, including seven for fishing too close to the fish ladder, he said. ashley. prest@ freepress. mb. ca A rescue plan for the birds Province to alter area for Lockport anglers to protect pelicans By Ashley Prest PHOTOS BY WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Pelicans fly near the St. Andrews Lock and Dam, which is a prime spot for fish. Anglers cast their lines into the river and the birds become ensnared. Your Source for Greener, Better Living! www. GreenActionCentre. ca Ken Schultz takes his boat on the Red River to look for pelicans that are tangled up in fishing line. A_ 03_ Aug- 29- 15_ FP_ 01. indd A3 8/ 28/ 15 9: 31: 49 PM

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