Some commercial fishers on Lake Winnipeg are having a difficult time getting their hands on the right fishing nets.
The province has introduced legislation requiring commercial fishers on Lake Winnipeg to use nets with mesh spaced 3.5 inches apart — compared to the old nets spaced 3 inches apart.
The provincial government explains the wider nets will help increase fish stock, by allowing smaller fish to avoid being caught and having greater opportunity to breed.
With the global supply chain interrupted by the COVID-19 crisis, some commercial fishers have reported difficulties obtaining the new fishing nets — and some local sellers have either run out or are running low.
On top of that, the closure of restaurants to slow the spread of the virus has caused the demand for Lake Winnipeg fish to plummet.