The people of Erieau, Ontario, that is. They are petitioning the UN to have the smelt designated as their official fish. To wit:
WHEREAS the Village of Erieau is an important commercial fishing port on Lake Erie; and,
WHEREAS the commercial Smelt fishing industry is a vital part of the economy of Erieau, Chatham-Kent, Ontario, and Canada; and,
WHEREAS over two million metric tonnes of smelt are processed in Erieau every spring; and,
WHEREAS many good citizens of Canada and the USA remember Erieau's large Smelting parties in the 60's & 70's; and,
WHEREAS the Village of Erieau currently has no Official Fish on record, which we all find shockingly hard to believe; and,
WHEREAS the Perch is already the Official Fish of Port Stanley and Wheatley, and we don't want to copy them; and,
WHEREAS the Smelt is a shiny, attractive, happy fish that deserves a lot more respect than it is getting;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we the undersigned hereby petition the United Nations Bureau of Official Fish to designate the Smelt as the Official Fish of the Village of Erieau.
Stand up and be heard.