By Greg Peerenboom
A local fishing club representative is trying to prevent a reoccurrence of fish poaching in the coming weeks.
At stake is the St. Lawrence River population of chinook salmon, a species that only fairly recently took hold downstream of the Moses-Saunders Dam.
Cornwall Lunker Club chair Adam Lauzon said illegal fishing has taken place at the Rotary Eco Park creek that flows a short distance from the old Cornwall Canal through the Eco Park (west side of Lamoureux Park) and into the river.
“Some guys are going clubbing and netting (the salmon, which can weigh 20 pounds or more),” Lauzon said, of the circumstances which can badly damage salmon reproduction that takes place during the fall.
“They want them for the spawn (to use for bait), but they wind up leaving (the fish) there to die.”
Lauzon wants to alert the public and get more action, possibly, from authorities to prevent the illegal activities and/or nab the culprits.
He said the current bylaw enforcement from the city may not be sufficient, as the enforcement officers finish their shifts at 4:30 p.m. More....