Cobourg council amended two bylaws Monday in the hopes that the interests of two groups that have at times been opposed — anglers and the residents who live near where they fish — can each be respected.Parks, recreation, culture and tourism director Dean Hustwick gave a brief history of the issue at the public meeting that was held prior to council (at which the public gallery was at near-capacity).
“This process started last fall during the busy salmon run, at which time we started receiving complaints from local residents around Cobourg Creek,” Hustwick recalled.
“In summary, they related to noise that was generated from opening and closing car doors, loading and unloading equipment, increased traffic, increased parking congestion and issues related to lack of washroom facilities. Those are the key issues,” he listed.
“Based on those issues being raised, staff from various departments came together — parking, bylaw enforcement, Cobourg police, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry — to better understand laws, regulations and fishing practices around the province as well as within Cobourg.
“At the same time, Cobourg police enhanced their enforcement practices as well as working with MNRF, and those practices were increased quite significantly through that period. From our perspective, that was a positive improvement,” Hustwick said.
“We ended up organizing a March 28 public meeting, which was very well attended. The intention was to discuss the issue much more broadly, provide some information and facts around fishing regulations and practices, and hear from both residents and anglers on this issue. We were very pleased with the turn-out and the level of discussions.