Fishermen ignoring need for clean river

As a resident of Nanaimo for many years, I’ve always looked forward to fishing for the pink salmon in the Nanaimo Harbour.

To the Editor,

As a resident of Nanaimo for many years, I’ve always looked forward to fishing for the pink salmon in the Nanaimo Harbour.

It seems that fisherman have forgotten the golden rule of never leaving garbage behind after a day of fishing.

Like previous years, I would walk down to the harbour for a day of fishing as the pink salmon circulate around the mouth of the Millstone River before making their way upstream.

It seems that the rocks along both sides of the mouth of the river has turned into a dumping ground for recreational anglers.

Beer and pop cans are littered among the rocks, accompanied by fishing tackle, plastic bags and old fishing line.

Cleaning up the rocks and beach is becoming an overwhelming task as I witness more fishermen leaving their garbage behind.

I ask that all fishermen please clean up their mess when fishing for the pinks in the harbour and for not allowing the high tide waters to do it for us.

Let’s make it easier for the salmon to run upstream without having to swim with old fishing lines and plastic packages this year.

Andrew Sakuler

Delta