Submission 0929-PROBERT

Submitter: Bruce Probert

Community: Aldergrove,

Date Submitted: December 6, 2023

Definitions for commercial fishermen and recreational fishermen are confusing.

I am a resident, native to British Columbia.
I was born in Murryville (Langley) Hospital.
I have fished commercially as Captian of a gillnetter since the age of 15.
I do not consider myself merely a “commercial fisherman”, that describes my JOB!
How should I describe my experiences as a individual recreational fisherman ?

Understating I also fish “commercially” as well?

Are guides and charter operators also fishing “commercially” ?

When ones JOB is taking out a group-charter fishing, say to catch salmon, is he considered to be A “recreational fisherman”?
Not a derogatory term such as” commercial fisherman ” surely!
Why in all other seafaring industries are captians knowledge and wisdom held in high regard except for mine?
I hope some may think otherwise, and treat us with some respect at the conclusion of this inquiry.

It would seem near impossible as an outcome, but one cannot lose hope.

Bruce Probert

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