A Hay River, N.W.T., fisherman says new restrictions are making it difficult for small outfits to operate in the area.

Alex Morin says a new rule went into effect this spring which prevents fishers from catching fish in an area 10 miles from the shore off Hay River. The restricted area is 60 kilometres long.

The no-fishing zone was put in place to protect the Coney fish species.


Fisherman Alex Morin said the new changes can be dangerous for smaller outfits. (CBC)

Morin said the low price for fish together with the high cost of fuel and now this restriction is a big reason there are so few small fishing outfits left in Hay River.

He also says it's dangerous.

"It doesn't make sense for a little guy they send with a small skiff, and then you get caught in a storm with your fish. What'll happen then?" asked Morin.

Morin wants fishermen have the same rights as farmers. He said they should have the right to sell fish on their own and not have to go through the Freshwater Fish Marketing Board.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans was not available to comment on the matter Tuesday.