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 2 Ed. 7
Applications for Foreshore Rights.
1233
RETURN
To an Order of the House for a Return of all applications for foreshore rights on the
Pacific Coast of British Columbia during the past two years, giving the name
of each applicant, the description of the foreshore applied for, and the purpose,
if any, for which the applicant stated such rights were to be used.
Also, copies of all correspondence from the applicants, and from the
Government, or any member thereof, to the applicants respecting the same, and
a list of all applications granted, or promised to be granted, by the Government,
and the terms of such grants.
W. C. WELLS,
Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
Lands and, Works Department,
5th May, 1902.
Name of Applicant.
Wm. Munsie	
//	
tt ........
J. H. Todd & Sons''.'.'.'..
II 	
A. E. Todd '.'..'..
J. R. Ross	
R. E. Gosse	
R. P. Rithet & Co., Ltd.
S. H. & R. Balcom	
S. Balcom,  VV.  Grant and
M. J. McKenzie	
H. McKenzie &E.E. Leeson
Thos. Walker	
Geo. P. Kelly	
John Taylor	
Chas. Hackett	
Jno. Kinsman	
J. E. Kinsman	
J. G. Cox	
H. A. Munn	
D. J. Munn	
B. Stapledon	
W. B. Skillen	
N. McLean   	
Simon Leiser  	
E. Gordon	
Waiter Walker	
J. Kingham	
W. A. Anderson	
F. A. Gilmore	
T. A. Woods and D. Alexander	
John Piercy	
S. A. Spencer	
Description of Foreshore.
Off Muir Creek	
Off Section 7, Otter District      	
Off Sooke Harbour   	
Aiong by Muir Creek	
Between Sherringham Point and Sooke Harbour	
Spit at mouth of Sooke Harbour	
Sooke Harbour	
Tugwell Creek, Straits of Puca	
Parsons' Spit, Sooke Harbour	
Cole Creek, Straits of Fuca  	
Off Lot 7, Quashofa Creek, Smith Inlet	
Lowe Inlet, Grenville Channel, Hartley Bay, Daniels Bay,
Union Passage, Cridge Inlet, Mikado Bay, Mink Trap Bay,
Curtis Inlet, End Hill Bay, Bore Bay, Gaie Point and Deer
Point	
Off Sections 5 and 14, Saturna Island, Gulf of Georgia	
Pedder Bay, Beecher Bay, Port San Juan, Numukanis Bay,
Barkley Sound, Uclmekfist Harbour and Tofino Inlet	
Chatham Sound and Telegraph Passage, Skeena River	
Eastern end of Tombo Island	
Off Otter Point  	
West end of Smith Island, Coast	
South end of De Horsey Island, Coast  	
East shore of Banks Island    	
Chatham Sound, Haro Straits ....   	
Off Sherringham Point	
Bentinck Island, Straits of Fuca	
Discovery Island, Haro Straits	
South end of Smith Island, Coast	
Chatham Sound	
Trial Island, Straits of Fuca	
Frazer Island, Beecher Bay    	
Off his property, Otter District (Section 7)	
Pedder Bay        	
Pedder Bay	
Bedwell Harbour, Pender Island    	
Miners' Bay, Mayne Island	
Maple Bay, Comiaken    	
West ends of Pendleton and Walbran Islands
Ledge Point in Broughton Strait	
Purpose.
Salmon trap.
Fishing.
3 Salmon ti'aps.
Seine fishing for
Lowe Infet Cannery.
Fish traps.
Fishing. 1234 Applications for Foreshore Rights. 1902
Otter Point,
April 30th, 1900.
W.  S.   Gore,  Esq.:
Dear Sir,—I wish to know if I can lease the foreshores on my property, if so, at what
rate and for how long ? I would buy them but you said they were not for sale, but if I can
lease them that will do as well.
I remain, yours truly,
(Signed)        E. Gordon.
Victoria, May 3rd, 1900.
Sir.—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 30th ultimo,
asking if you can lease the foreshore on your property.
If you will be good enough to advise me, for the information of the Government, the
extent of foreshore you desire to lease, with a sketch plan, and the purpose you intend to use
it for, your application will receive consideration.
I have, etc.,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Deputy Minister of L. & W.
E.  Gordon, Esq., Otter Point, B. C.
Otter Point,
May 10th, 1900.
W. S.   Gore, Esq.:
Dear Sir,—Keplying to your letter received last mail, the portion I wish to lease is in
front of my house about a mile in extent and the purpose is for fishing.     I have asked Mr.
Harris to draw a plan of the bay and forward it to you at once.
Hoping you will see your way to grant me the lease asked for.
I remain, yours truly,
(Signed) E. Gordon.
Victoria, July 12th, 1900.
Dear Sir,—The Government desires me to inform you that they have had your application for a lease of foreshore in front of your property under consideration, but are unable at
present to give a decision bearing upon applications of this nature. I may say for your information that no other applications of this kind have been granted heretofore.
Yours truly,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Deputy Commissioner of L. & W.
Ed. Gordon, Esq., Otter Point, B. C.
Otter Point, July 28th, 1901.
The Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works :
Dear Sir,—I beg to apply to you for a lease of the foreshore fronting  my property on
the Straits of Fuca, from Otter Point to Tugwell Creek, for fishing purposes.
I remain, yours truly,
(Signed)        Edward Gordon. 2 Ed. 7
Applications for Foreshore Rights.
1235
Victoria, August 29th, 1901.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 28th ultimo,
applying for a lease of the foreshore fronting your property on the Straits of Fuca, from Otter
Point to Tugwell Creek.
In reply I have much pleasure in advising you that your application has been favourably
considered, and that upon your publishing a notice and fulfilling the other requirements of
section 41 of the Land Act (a copy of which I have mailed to your address), a lease will be
granted to you provided no valid and substantial reasons to the contrary are brought forward
in the meantime.
I have, etc.,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Deputy Commissioner of L. & W.
E. Gordon, Esq., Otter Point, B. C.
Victoria, B. C, October 9th, 1901.
To the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works,
Government Offices, James Bay:
Dear Sir,—We notice by advertisement in the daily papers that an application has been
made by Edward Gordon for a lease of about two miles of the foreshore, in the neighbourhood
of Otter Point.
No person or company can use such a length of beach as two miles. The applicant's
intention, no doubt, is to use part of it, and monopolise the balance as against other people
who may wish to acquire fishing rights or privileges in this vicinity.
We therefore beg to protest against Mr. Gordon's application being granted.
We are, yours very truly,
(Signed)        J. H.
Todd
Sons.
Victoria, October 10th, 1901.
Gentlemen,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 9th
inst., protesting against the application of Mr. Edward Gordon for a lease of about two miles
of the foreshore in the neighbourhood of Otter Point.
In reply I beg to say that your protest will be borne in mind.
Messrs. J. II. Todd & Sons,
72 Wharf street, Victoria, B. C.
I have &c,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Deputy Commissioner of L.
& W.
Victoria, October 10th, 1901.
Sir,—I have the honour to enclose herewith for your information a copy of a letter
received from Messrs. J. H. Todd & Sons, of this city, protesting against your application for
a lease of about two miles of the foreshore in the neighbourhood of Otter Point.
E. Gordon, Esq., Otter Point, B. C.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Deputy Commissioner of L. & W. 1236 Applications for Foreshore Rights. 1902
Victoria, British Columbia,
17th October, 1901.
To the Hon. the Chief Commissioner of Lands & Works,
Victoria B. C:
Sir,—Beferring to the notice of E. Gordon, dated 18th ulto., of his intention to apply for
a lease of the foreshore between Otter Point and Tugwell Creek, Straits of Juan de Fuca, we
beg to protest very strongly against this lease being granted for the following reasons, viz. :—
For the past two years the Dominion Government have granted us the right to use a drag-
seine for salmon on the said foreshore, of which we have taken advantage, and it would manifestly
be unfair to us that now the adjoining landowner should be placed in a position to dictate on
what terms, if at all, we should be allowed to continue to use the foreshore for dragging our
seine on. We may say we fish the whole of this foreshore, viz., wherever the fish may
happen to strike in.
If the lease granted did not debar the use to the public of the foreshore for fishing purposes our own particular objection would be met.
We would respectfully submit that the right to the foreshores is reserved to the Crown
just for such reasons as the one we have given, and that the development of an important
industry would be seriously prejudiced and the rights of the public sacrificed if by leasing of
the foreshores the adjoining landowners were placed in a position to largely control the fishing.
There are, of course, many other points, such as the curtailment of revenue from the issue
of fishing licences, questions of wreckage, salvage, etc., that will meet with your consideration.
We have, etc.,
(Signed)        British Columbia Canning Co., Lt'd.
Findlay, Durham & Brodie, Agents,
per B. C Mess.
Victoria, October 18 th, 1901.
Gentlemen,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 17th
inst. protesting against the granting of a lease of foreshore at Otter Point to Ed. Gordon.
Your protest has been noted and will receive all proper consideration.
I have, etc.,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Deputy Commissioner of L. & W.
Messrs. Findlay,  Durham & Brodie,
Victoria, B.  C.
Otter Point, October 18th, 1901.
The Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works:
Sir,—Having complied with the necessary forms by having put in posts, and also by
publishing in the British Columbia Gazette and Colonist for 30 days, a notice that I intended
to apply to you for a lease of the foreshore fronting my property at Otter Point, I now apply
to you for a lease of the foreshore from a post marked "E. G., N. E.," at Otter Point, to a post
marked " S. W.," at Tugwell Creek, covering about two miles. Messrs. Todd & Co. having
lodged an objection to my application, on the grounds that I am wanting too much, I beg to
state that for fishing two miles is not too much, as owing to the tides the nets have to have a
certain amount of drift; then again they own no land near the district, nor have they a licence
to fish off here, so I cannot see what cause they have. I have owned the property on which
the foreshore is for the last 13 years, and have paid taxes for that time on the property.
I remain, yours truly,
(Signed) E. Gordon. 2 Ed. 7 Applications for Foreshore Rights. 1237
Hon. D. M. Eberts, Victoria:
[Telegram.]
Vancouver, B. C, October 18th, 1901.
Edward Gordon applying for two miles foreshore at  Otter Point.    Please withhold grant
until canners' deputation sees you Monday.
(Signed)        W. D. Burdis,
Secretary Fraser River Canners' Association.
Otter Point, B. C, 28th January, 1902.
To the Hon. Chief Commissioner L. & W.:
Dear Sir,—Beferring to my letter of October 18th, 1901, I beg hereby to make further
application for foreshore and territorial water rights for fishing purposes, in addition to that
applied for in said letter.
Yours truly,
(Signed)        Edward Gordon,
per K. G.
Victoria, Jan. 30th, 1902.
Dear Sir,—I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 28th inst., referring to
your letter of the 18th October last, wherein you make application for a lease of certain foreshore lands, and intimating your desire to supplement that application so as to embrace territorial water rights for fishing purposes.
Your application, together with that of many other applicants for similar privileges at
different places, is now before the Government for consideration, the result of which you will
be duly informed as soon as possible.
Yours truly,
(Signed)        W. C. Wells,
Chief Commissioner of L. &  W.
Ed. Gordon, Esq.,
c/o Dr. J. Helmcken, Cor. Fort & Langley Streets,
Victoria, B. C.
Victoria, British Columbia,
February 4th, 1902.
Sir,—We notice by a late issue of the Gazette that certain parties have applied to the
Provincial Government for foreshore rights on the south-west coast of Vancouver Island,
Tumbo Island and at other points in British Columbia.
As foreshore rights where fishing traps can be established will become valuable through
the granting of licences for this mode of fishing by the Dominion Government, and will be
necessary for the successful operation of seines and traps by canners or fishermen who may
secure locations, we, being largely interested in the salmon fishing industry, would respectfully
ask you to kindly refrain from granting foreshore rights to any applicants until the question
of trap fishing has been settled.
We are, etc.,
(Signed)        R. P. Rithet & Co., Ltd.
J. H. Lawson for  Vice-President.
The Hon. W. C.  Wells,
Chief Commissioner of Lands & Works,
Victoria. 1238 Applications for Foreshore Rights. 1902
Victoria, Feb. 5th, 1902.
Gentlemen,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 4th
inst., referring to applications by certain parties to the Provincial Government for foreshore
rights on the south-west coast of Vancouver Island, Tumbo Island and at other points in
British Columbia, and asking that, as foreshore rights where fishing traps can be established
will become valuable through the granting of licences for this mode of fishing by the Dominion
Government, and will be necessary for the successful operation of seines and traps by canners
and fishermen who may secure locations, no such rights be granted to any applicants until the
question of trap fishing has been settled.
I have, etc.,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Deputy Commissioner of L. &   W.
Messrs. R. P. Rithet & Co., Ltd.,
Victoria, B. C.
Victoria, Feb. 5th, 1902.
Gentlemen,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 4th
inst., making application for the first option and privilege of erecting fish traps at certain
points on Vancouver Island mentioned in said letter.
In reply, I beg to say that your application will receive due consideration.
I have, etc.,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Deputy Commissioner of L. & W.
Messrs. Sprott Balcom,, Wm. Grant and,
W. J. McKenzie, Victoria, B. G.
Vancouver, B. C, February 7th, 1902.
To the Lion.  W. C.  Wells,
Chief Commissioner of Lands & Works,
Victoria :
Dear Sir,—We, the Executive Committee of the Fraser River Canners' Association, beg
to bring to your attention certain notices in the issue of the B. C. Gazette of January 30th,
regarding applications for foreshore rights on the west coast of Vancouver Island and other
locations.
In connection with this it appears obvious that these foreshore rights are being asked for
in connection with trap fishing, in view of the expected issue of trap licences by the Dominion
Government.
We are of opinion that this matter is of vast importance to the Province of British
Columbia, and that no individual applications should be considered until such time as the
whole question has received the careful consideration of the Government, and a definite policy
has been adopted, such as will give equal rights to all interested in the fishing industry.
We are further of opinion that should trap and seine fishing be allowed it will entirely
alter the conditions of the salmon industry, and we therefore respectfully urge that this question
shall receive the Government's most careful consideration before any further steps are taken.
We shall  be glad to meet you at any time should  you  consider it desirable to hear our
views on the question.
We have, etc.,
(Signed)        Alex.  Ewen,  Chairman.
ii D. Bell-Irving.
ii J. E. Macrae.
ii Wm. McPherson.
ii Geo. Alexander. 2 Ed. 7 Application for Foreshore Rights. 1239
Victoria, Feb. 15th, 1902.
Gentlemen,—I am directed by the Honourable the Chief Commissioner of Lands and
Works to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 7th inst., calling attention to certain
notices in the issue of the B. C. Gazette of January 30th regarding applications for foreshore
rights on the west coast of Vancouver Island and other localities, and asking that no individual
applications be considered until such time as the whole question of the use of fish traps has
been dealt with.
In reply, I am to inform you that your request has been noted and will be duly considered
when any such applications are before the Government.
I have, etc.,
(Signed        W. S. Gore,
Deputy Commissioner of L. &   W.
The Executive Committee
The Fraser River Canners' Association,
P. 0. Box 8, Vancouver, B. C.
Vancouver, B. C, February 8th, 1902.
To the Chief Commissioner of Lands & Works,
Victoria, B.  C. :
Sir,—We notice that application has been made, dated January 27th, 1902, as published
in the British Columbia Gazette of the 30th ulto., by Charles Hackett for a lease of the foreshore at southern end of De Horsey Island, mouth of Skeena Biver; also by J. Taylor for lease
of westerly end of Smith Island, mouth of Skeena Biver.
We believe these privileges have been applied for for the purpose of using traps, and we
beg herewith to enter our most emphatic protest against any'exclusive privileges being granted
to individuals before the whole question of use of traps has been dealt with. We strongly
urge that the whole matter should be dealt with in such a manner that those who have their
capital at stake in the business, and who, though knowing the value of the traps, have been
barred from using them up to the present, should be given full protection should existing
fishery regulations be altered.
We have, etc.,
(Signed)        The Anglo-British Columbia Packing Co., Lt'd.
H.  Bell-Irving & Co., Lt'd., Agents.
Victoria,  February 10th, 1902.
Gentlemen,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 8th inst.
protesting against any exclusive privileges being granted to individuals over foreshore lands
before the whole question of the use of fish-traps has been dealt with, and referring more
particularly to notices published in the British Columbia Gazette by Charles Hackett and J.
Taylor.
In reply, I beg to inform you that your protest has been noted and will be duly considered
when any such applications are before the Government.
I have, etc.,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Deputy Commissioner of L. & W.
Messrs. H. Bell-Irving & Co., Ld.,
Agents Anglo-B. C. Packing Co., Vancouver, B. C. 1240 Application for Foreshore Rights. 1902
Lulu Island, B. C, 10th February, 1902.
Hon. W. C. Wells,
Chief Commissioner of Lands & Works, Victoria, B. C.:
Dear Sir,—I see by notices published in the B. C. Gazette that a number of applications
are going to be made to you for leases of foreshore on different parts of the coast of the
Brovince. These, no doubt, are being made with a view to obtaining locations for fish-traps,
and I trust you will consider carefully the whole matter in all its bearings before any leases of
this kind are granted. Hasty or ill-considered action on the part of the Provincial Government now in this direction may work great injury and injustice to existing investors, and may
create unnecessary friction between the Provincial and Dominion Governments.
I hope, therefore, no such leases will be granted until some definite understanding is
reached between the two Governments as to their respective rights, and that if salmon traps
are to be established they will act in conjunction and in such a manner that no monopoly will
be created.
If anything is done by you in the way of granting leases of foreshore it will be looked
upon with the greatest suspicion and will subject the Government to the severest condemnation.
Yours most respectfully,
(Signed)        Thomas Kidd.
Victoria, March 12th, 1902.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 10th inst.
touching proposed applications for leases of foreshore on different parts of the coast of the
Province; the subject of which will have my attention.
I have, etc.,
(Signed)        W. C. Wells,
Thomas Kidd, Esq., M.P.P., Chief Commissioner of L. & W.
Legislative Assembly, Victoria, B. C.
Victoria, February 13th, 1902.
Gentlemen,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 12th
inst. making application for a grant of the foreshore rights opposite your property—124 acres
of Lot 7, Quashela Creek, Smith's Inlet.
When the Government have arrived at a decision as to what course will be pursued in
connection with applications similar to your own, I will have pleasure in communicating with
you again.
I have, etc.,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Messrs. R. P. Rithet & Co., Ltd., Deputy Commissioner of L. & W.
Victoria, B.  C.
Victoria, February 19th, 1902.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 10th inst.,
addressed in error to the Honourable the Attorney-General and referred to this Department,
making application for the foreshore rights for fishing purposes on the west end of Walbran
and Pendleton Islands, as marked in red on the sketch map accompanying your letter, and
containing three hundred and twenty acres, more or less.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Deputy Commissioner of L. & W.
John Piercy, Esq., Victoria, B. C. 2 Ed. 7 Applications for Foreshore Rights. 1241
Victoria, February 21st, 1902.
Gentlemen,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 20th
inst., making application to lease the foreshore rights of the land bordering on a number of
fishing locations on the northern coast of the Province, used in connection with your Lowe
Inlet Cannery.
I have, &c,
(Signed)       W. S. Gore,
Deputy Commissioner of L. & W.
Messrs. R. P. Rithet & Co., Ld., Victoria.
Victoria, February 24th, 1902.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 21st inst.,
making application for a lease of the foreshore of Tugwell Creek, near Sherringham Point, for
fishing purposes.
In reply I beg to say that when it has been decided what action is to be taken by the
Government in respect to applications of this nature, due notice will be given to all
applicants.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Deputy Commissioner of L. & W.
John G. Cox, Esq., Victoria, B. C.
A similar reply was also sent to:—
J. E. Kinsman, Esq., Victoria, 24th February, 1902.
Geo. P. Kelly, Esq., Victoria, 24th February, 1902.
W. A. Anderson, Esq., Vancouver, 22nd February, 1902.
B. Stapledon, Esq., Victoria, 28th February, 1902.
Chas. Hackett, Esq., h n
Thos. W. Walker, Esq.,       „ ,.
John Taylor, Esq., n n
Thos. A. Wood, Esq., Duncans, n
Victoria, British Columbia,
26th February, 1902
To the Hon. the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works,
Victoria, B. G.:
Sir,—We notice several advertisements of intention to apply for foreshore rights,
evidently with the object of controlling the fishing at such points.
We beg to protest against the issue of such licences for the above reason and as a
restriction of the public rights, and we would refer you to our previous letter, viz., dated 17th
October last, on the subject.
We have, etc.,
(Signed)        British Columbia Canning Co., Ltd.,
Findlay, Durham & Brodie, Agents.
per B. C. Mess. 1242 Applications for Foreshore Rights. 1902
Victoria, February 27th, 1902.
Gentlemen,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 26th
instant, referring to advertisements of intention to apply for foreshore rights, and protesting
against the issue of such licences.
I have, etc.,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Deputy Commissioner of L. & W.
British Columbia Canning Co., Ltd.,
Messrs. Findlay, Durham & Brodie, Agents,
Victoria, B. C.
Victoria, March 6th, 1902.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, dated in error March
7th, 1902, applying for a lease of certain foreshore and territorial rights at Muir Creek.
In reply, I beg to say that all foreshore and tidal  lands which  are  the  property of the
Province are under reservation and cannot be dealt with at present.
When it has been decided what action is to be taken by the Government in respect to
applications of this nature, due notice will be given to all applicants.
I have the honour, etc.,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Wm. Munsie, Esq., Deputy Commissioner of Lands and Works.
Victoria, B. C.
A similar reply was also sent to S. Leiser, Esq., Victoria, 6th March, 1902; Messrs. S.
H. & B. Balcom, Victoria, 18th March, 1902.
Victoria, 10th March, 1902.
The Hon. the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
Re Section 90, Benfrew District and Foreshore thereof.
Sir,—We are instructed by Mr. Hugh Campbell, the owner of Section 90, Benfrew
District, to enter a protest on his behalf against the granting of the foreshore rights of his
land to Mr. Wm. M^unsie.
Mr. Munsie applied for the foreshore rights by letter dated the 6th day of February last,
and his letter is numbered in your office 984/02.
This foreshore is of great value to the owner of the section, as, amongst other advantages,
he is able to obtain a very large quantity of seaweed, a most desirable manure for use on his
farm.
We might be allowed to suggest that it might be considered by the Government whether
the holders of the adjoining land should not have the first right to purchase the foreshore,
w?hich to them is in many instances of very great importance.
Your obedient servants,
(Signed)        Booley, Luxton & Pooley.
Victoria, March 11th, 1902.
Gentlemen,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of yesterday's
date, making protest on behalf of your client, Mr.   Hugh Campbell, the owner of Section 90,
Benfrew District, against the granting of foreshore rights of his land to Mr. William Munsie,
under his application of the 6th inst.
Your protest has been noted.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Deputy Commissioner of L. & W.
Messrs. Pooley, Luxton & Pooley,
Barristers, etc., Victoria, B. C. 2 Ed. 7 Applications for Foreshore Rights. 1243
Victoria, B. C, 15th April, 1902.
Sir,—Beferring to our letter of 4th February last, asking you to refrain from granting
foreshore rights until the question of trap fishing be settled, we notice from an advertisement in the daily papers that the reserve placed on foreshore and tidal land in 1890 has been
cancelled, and that it is proposed to grant leases of these lands in the maner provided by the
"Land Act."
We desire again to point out to you the great importance to the salmon industry that no
foreshore rights should be granted by your Department to any person until a fair and comprehensive scheme has been devised for the carrying on of the salmon canning industry, and
for the protection of canners and fishermen who have established and conducted the business
at a great outlay of capital.
It is generally conceded by all conversant with the canning industry that in order to
continue this business successfully under the changed conditions of the past few years, it is
necessary that the modes of catching fish practised by the Puget Sound canners be adopted on
our side, particularly in the use of traps and seines, on the south-west coast of Vancouver
Island, as well as elsewhere. As the locations suitable are very limited, it is desirable that
the Government should not hastily part with the control of the foreshore, which will be
necessary for the operation of traps and seine nets.
While it is believed that a limited number of good locations are available, nothing has yet
been done to prove their value, and before it can be definitely ascertained that fishing on the
coast with traps can be successfully carried on, a large outlay of capital will be necessary.
This can hardly be undertaken by individual canners, and an effort has recently been made
to amalgamate the various fishing concerns of the Province, merging the whole into a large
company, with sufficient capital to carry on the industry to the best advantage, and also to
thoroughly prospect the coast for suitable fishing locations. The scheme is so far advanced
that parties representing the eastern capital subscribed are now in the Province looking over
the situation, but being met with the difficulty as to foreshore privileges, have intimated to us
that if the Government adhere to their policy in regard to leases they must advise their friends
to withdraw from the proposed company.
Should this amalgamation scheme not be carried to completion and additional capital
obtained, we believe the fishing industry will be seriously affected financially and otherwise,
and we would, therefore, respectfully ask you to reconsider your decision to grant leases of
foreshore and tidal lands until the entire question of trap and seine fishing has been definitely
settled.
We have, etc.,
(Signed)        B. P. Bithet & Co., Lt'd.
The Hon. W. C. Wells, J. H. Lawson for Vice-President.
Chief Commissioner of Lands &  Works,  Victoria.
VICTORIA, B.C :
Printed by Richard Wolfenden, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1902. 

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