Politicians must act to get Island tourism back to high levels

Part of that strategy needs to be a focus on fisheries

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter is by way of a correction to the July 22 Page 4 letter by the same author, ‘North being shortchanged in stocking policies.’ The Expositor printed that Lake Manitou has received fingerling plants of 70,000 each year, which is not the case. This newspaper regrets the error.

To the Expositor:

It was printed that Lake Manitou got 70,000 fish stocked each year. This is wrong. Lake Manitou has only received a plant of 70,000 once in five years.

This is a slap in the face for the people of Manitoulin. This lake needs plants of 500,000 fish a year until stocks are at ‘60s and ‘70s levels.

We need our local governments to set up meetings with the provincial members of parliament to get this ‘no stocking zone’ lifted off the south shore.

Did you also know that 50 to 70 percent of all the fish caught in Lake Ontario are put in the garbage or taken to the Toronto Zoo?

Not related, I also agree with Mr. Hill on the clean up of Providence Bay beach and then keeping it groomed for all to enjoy (‘The loss of Providence Bay beach to willow swamp is lamented,’ July 29, Page 4).

It’s time that our local politicians start to do something to get our tourists back. I also have not heard anything from lodge owners or campground owners on this subject so I presume that their cottages and boat rentals are full and all the campsites are full. Just remember that the MNR does not manage fish and wildlife, they only manage people.

Not related to the fishing subject, also lobby the government for our turkey plant.

Bob Lewis

South Baymouth