The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has decreed that for the 2015 angling season there will be no retention allowed by Miramichi anglers of salmon or grilse, and that single, barbless hooks will also be required on salmon rivers throughout the Province of New Brunswick. While to some this measure may seem harsh we applaud it. It can only help to release alive all the salmon that do make it back to the river to spawn. Also, barbed hooks are much harder to remove from salmon than smooth ones, and singles are easier to extract than doubles. This is even more true in the case of parr, thousands of which are killed inadvertently by anglers every summer.