ADDRESS OF HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY TO GOVERNOR AS TO PROTECTING SALMON FISHING.
COLONIAL OFFICE RECORD 197 / 39. JOURNAL OF ASSEMBLY,
Wednesday, 29th March, 1865.
Resolved that the following address be presented to His Excellency the Governor.
To His Excellency Anthony Musgrave, Esq.,
Governor and Commander-in-Chief,
In and over the Island of Newfoundland
and its dependencies, etc.
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY,
The House of Assembly having had under their consideration the general decrease of late years in the produce of the salmon fisheries of this colony, and the causes to which that decrease may be attributed, are of opinion that it would be desirable, with the object of protecting this valuable fishery, that the laws for its regulation should be rigidly enforced by means of a small marine police force, the expense of which should be defrayed by a small rent to be imposed upon the salmon rivers in Newfoundland and the Labrador with a view to their obtaining such information as may enable them to legislate to advantage upon this subject, they respectfully request that Your Excellency will be pleased to direct a return to be laid before them of the number and situation of salmon rivers on the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the names of the parties by whom they are respectively fished, of the titles by which the occupants hold, and of the average annual produce of each river for the space of five years past.
Ordered, that the address be engrossed and presented to His Excellency the Governor by such members of this House as are of the Honble. Executive Council.