Yes, absolutely. It was a very important point that I was trying to make in my remarks.
First of all, I want to be clear that the situation in Newfoundland is totally different. There are no whales there, so I totally agree with the preoccupations about putting in regulations that impact areas where there are no whales.
When I talk about ropeless, I'm talking about a fishery that is happening in the closed areas. I'm not recommending or suggesting that we have ropeless everywhere, but in those areas, at one point it was almost half or more of our fishing grounds. If you could continue to fish and protect the whales...and I'm convinced that this methodology or technique of having no ropes in the water in a closed area but still being allowed to put traps in there would be fantastic. It's happening right now.
My point was that 18 fishermen did it this year, and they were very successful. Some were able to capture their quota because they were allowed to fish in those closed areas. They actually fished in closed areas. What I'm saying right now is that we have to plan for this. We need regulations on how close to be to each other, on how many traps per boat and on whether all the fishermen are going to be allowed. We need to make sure that....
The fishermen are moving very fast. This is creating a lot of excitement. As I said, they didn't believe in it at all. Now it's the way of the future. We need to make sure that we have the proper regulations in place for fishing with this technology in those closed areas. My sense is that the department is lagging behind right now in this area.