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A History of the Gulf Redfish Fishery

“The rebound of redfish stocks is a true success story and shows how conservation efforts are critical to maintaining fisheries,” quoted former federal Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray. When Newfoundland and Labrador entered Confederation in 1949, it enabled Canada to declare the Gulf of St. Lawrence as inland waters because it was now enclosed on all sides by Canadian territory. Until then, it was open to foreign fishing nations. In relation to redfish, the Province of Newfoundland ...

Disappearing Redfish and DFO Math

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announcement in late January with respect to redfish puts a glaring spotlight on the numbers problem in its science and management divisions. Its new research purports to show that the biomass of redfish in Area 1, despite there having been essentially no fishery, has declined since 2019 from 4.3 million tonnes to 2.8 million tonnes after growing exponentially for a decade. This follows news in December 2023, that the estimated number of seals ...

Offshore Fleet Ready and Able to Take on Redfish Fishery, Says AGC

Despite a drop in its member’s historical shares in the recently reopened redfish fishery, the Atlantic Groundfish Council (AGC) said it has the capacity and market access to make the most of this reemerging resource. The AGC is made up of a number of offshore harvesting companies, which were recently allotted 58.69 per cent of the yet-undecided total allowable catch (TAC) for the upcoming unit 1 redfish fishery. This number, according to AGC President Sylvie Lapointe, is around 20 per ...

Emerging Commercial Redfish Fishery a Chance for N.S. Industry to do “Some Really Good Things”

The revival of a commercial fishery, because the stocks have come back, is not something that often happens in Atlantic Canada. In January, federal fisheries Minister Diane Lebouthillier announced the Unit 1 commercial redfish fishery, which has been closed since 1995, will be reopened in two phases, starting this year. “It’s a time in history with the opening of this fishery for people to come together and work collectively in a very positive way, to go forward in a very positive ...

DFO Minister Doubles Down on Redfish Allocations

Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, recently held a virtual press conference in an attempt to clear up some information surrounding the upcoming Unit 1 redfish fishery. The announcement of the fishery’s opening came on the heels of a decline in the Gulf shrimp fishery, which the minister hoped to remedy by allocating 10 per cent of the total allowable catch (TAC) for the new fishery to shrimp harvesters and Indigenous harvesters. The yet-to-be...

Redfish Re-opening – Getting It Wrong

The recent announcement of the re-opening of the redfish fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is of crucial importance on multiple levels — economic, ecological and political. In order to take advantage of this opportunity that nature is offering, we need to get it right. Unfortunately, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and many informed commentators are getting it wrong. Since the early evidence of a redfish population explosion five years ago, harvesters have been looking forward ...

Sharing the Redfish Pie

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced the reopening of the long-dormant redfish fishery after some 30 years. Until the season begins in earnest, DFO has yet another “pie” cooling on its metaphorical windowsill. And, as always, representatives of different groups are lining up to argue that their slice isn’t quite as big as they would like it to be. Everyone wants a bigger slice of the pie than they’ve gotten, whether it’s cod, crab, mackerel, turbot or ...

DFO Reopens Commercial Redfish Fishery After 30 Years, Extends AFF

After a nearly 30-year moratorium on Unit 1 redfish in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Diane Lebouthillier, recently announced the return of the fishery in 2024. “Our government understands the historic importance of the redfish fishery and the economic impact the moratorium had on coastal communities across Atlantic Canada and Québec,” said Lebouthillier. “Based on the latest science, the redfish stock in Unit 1 is healthy ...

Redfish Allocations Raising Ire of Inshore Harvesters

“The rebound of redfish stocks is a true success story and shows how conservation efforts are critical to maintaining fisheries. I’m looking forward to working with stakeholders in Atlantic Canada and Québec to promote a prosperous and sustainable commercial fishery.” This quote by Joyce Murray, the former Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, was included in a June 21, 2023, DFO press release announcing that in preparation for a pending commercial fishery, the ...

DFO Minister Holds Meeting to Discuss Gulf Shrimp, Redfish Going into 2024

Concerns have been raised over the health of the Northern shrimp stocks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The situation is dire enough for some, like the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government located on the border of Québec and New Brunswick, that they are calling for a moratorium on the fishery after participating in it for over 20 years. In an interview with the CBC, the associate director of natural resources for the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government (LMG) Danny Isaac said that less than 40 per cent ...