Over-fishing still a problem

Dear editor:
Over the last several months, there has been much interest and debate on the topic of fishing. But let’s discuss some numbers.
For every pound of female walleye, 10,000 eggs are produced. From 10,000 eggs, .12 percent survive to adulthood.
It takes five years to produce a spawning walleye. So in five years, a two-pound walleye will have 20,000 eggs, of which just 24 fish will survive to adulthood.
That’s all things being equal. If you factor in the percent over-fished (Clearwater at 110 percent and Jackfish-Despair (aptly named) at 143 percent), the number of spawning fish looks like 10 and six, respectively.
Not very good.
To add to the mix, once the walleye population is reduced, other species move into the walleye area, reducing the walleyes’ ability to reclaim there original habitat and further hampering their ability to re-populate.
There is a Clearwater-Jackfish creel study available at the Ministry of Natural Resources office in Fort Frances. Very alarming statistics are in it.
I would urge everyone who uses these lakes to pick up a copy.
In closing, two men are sitting in the barber shop. A small boy walks in. The barber turns to his customer, laughing, and says, “Here, watch this.”
The barber holds out both hands—a dollar in one and 50 cents in the other. The young lad takes the 50 cents and skips off to the ice cream store. The barber laughs, turns to his customer, and says, “There you go, world’s dumbest kid.”
The customer leaves the shop in time to catch the lad coming out of the ice cream shop. He goes up to him and asks, “Why did you take the 50 cents?”
The boy replied, “If I took the $1, the game would be over.”
Get the point? As usual, I stand to be corrected
(Signed),
Darrel G. Kroeker

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