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Whether you're a die-hard angler or if you just want to discover
the joys of sportfishing, the upcoming Nova Scotia Sportfishing
Weekend is for you. 

Nova Scotia Fisheries Minister Jim Barkhouse announced that the
province will be celebrating and promoting sportfishing through a
weekend of free fishing and other activities on June 8 and 9. 

"This is the second year for the promotion and I encourage
families and Nova Scotians of all ages to get out and enjoy
fishing and Nova Scotia's great outdoors," said Mr. Barkhouse.

Residents may fish without a general licence for the two days,
but a salmon licence will still be required for Atlantic salmon.
Bag limits and all other sportfishing regulations will remain in
effect and will be enforced.

"Through this promotional event, we want to encourage Nova
Scotians to enjoy sportfishing. At the same time, we want to
increase public awareness of the need to protect our freshwater
resource," said the minister.

Sport and recreational fishing contribute over $82 million to the
provincial economy each year.  This is good news for many rural
communities and tourist-related operations, said the minister.
"The promotional weekend will help raise the profile of
sportfishing and will also benefit communities and businesses
through direct spending for gear, supplies, food and travel," he

Stressing the role of public involvement in conservation, Mr.
Barkhouse noted that the department works closely with angling
and wildlife groups, schools, and individuals to protect the
resource. "The department's management and education programs are
developed in conjunction with user groups and are very popular."

This year's sportfishing weekend promotion is part of the broader
Atlantic Canada Angling Days program taking place in conjunction
with the four Atlantic provinces.


Contact: Diane Kenny, 902-424-0308

LM                      June 3, 1996 2:15 p.m.