Most of us are here as saltwater fishermen, first and foremost. However, we don't have our heads so far up our asses as to think catching a couple of specs right now is worth losing the marsh, which is the best, most natural spawning habitat for specks and reds.
This. It bothers me that the main vocal minority is, and always has been, those worried about having to move operations a little due to some fresh water.
Thing is, I would not be the least bit surprised to see the fishing IMPROVED by this plan's effects. Ricks complains about the salinity in Black Bay during a specific few days in January, but doesn't bother to include that was right during a very low water cold snap, with north winds humming along. I can tell you this, and there's a report on here to prove it. During that same timeframe, I was smoking the specks and reds out of Hopedale! From a 16' flats boat with a 50 Yamaha on it. So you know I wasn't travelling far to do so!
The salinity was affected during that time by the north winds emptying the freaking marsh more than Caenarvon.
And how, if all that freshwater is destroying the fishing, am I catching 24" speckled trout within spitting distance of Reggio Marina? I personally stood with Mike (Reggio Marina Mike) on Friday on the dock at Reggio Marina and caught specks, NICE specks, right there in the canal. I had been crawfishing up the road and drove down to visit a minute. While crawfishing with my sons, we caught a few crawfish, but the most alarming thing was that we also caught BLUE CRABS! Saltwater isn't supposed to be there. Anyone who thinks otherwise is going to come across as agenda driven.