month : 05/2015 70 results

Minister Encourages Anglers to be Aware of Defective Salmon Tags

The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation wishes to advise anglers in the province that recently distributed salmon angling tags that accompany salmon angling licences issued by the Wildlife Division have defects. The licences and tags were distributed to vendors and subsequently purchased by anglers before the defects were discovered. Defects are related to the locking mechanism and the quality of the card portion, which contains the licence number, colour ...

2015 Salmon Management Measures

DFO wishes to advise anglers that Atlantic salmon management measures will remain the same as 2014. The 2015 seasons for the Atlantic salmon recreational fishery are: Insular Newfoundland - all rivers are open from June 1 to September 7, 2015. Labrador - all rivers are open from June 15 to September 15, 2015. Details on the regulations pertaining to bag limits, river classification, closed areas, and special management areas are contained in the 2015-2016 Angler's Guide which is ...

P.E.I. Government Requests Extension to Lobster Seasons

An extension of the lobster seasons will have major benefits for fishers, plant workers and others involved in the fishery, says P.E.I. Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Alan McIsaac. “I have written to Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea requesting that she give serious consideration to extending the seasons in Lobster Fishing Areas 24 and 26A,” said Minister McIsaac. “I believe that fishers should be given every opportunity to complete a full season while respecting the health ...

MFU Local 9 opposes levy, re-establishes Lobster Defence Fund

The Maritime Fishermen’s Union, Local 9, following meetings with its membership and executive has taken a position in opposition to implementation, in SWNS, of the proposed marketing levy being discussed for the Maritime lobster fishery. “At this time our region is far too disorganized for the fishermen to be able to have any real control over the application of such a program” said Graeme Gawn, newly elected President of the local, which represents fishermen mostly in the area of ...

4R Turbot Fishery Delayed Opening

DFO wishes to advise harvesters that the 4R Greenland Halibut (Turbot) fishery for Newfoundland and Labrador based fixed gear licence holders (vessel class A291) is delayed, and a further notice will announce the opening date. 4R based groundfish harvesters who are not eligible under the Atlantic Halibut Sustainability Plan, but who wish to participate in the 4R Greenland Halibut (Turbot) fishery should contact the Corner Brook Area office at 637-4308.

Herring Fishery Closing in 3L and 3K

DFO advises that the Fixed gear (seines, trap nets, gillnets) and Mobile gear Herring Fishing in Herring Fishing Area 5 (Bonavista Bay), Herring Fishing Area 6 (Trinity Bay), Herring Fishing Area 7 (Conception Bay), Herring Fishing Area 8 (Southern Shore) and Herring Fishing Area 9 (St. Mary’s Bay) in 3L will close at 2400hrs on May 31, 2015. Fixed gear for gillnets only in Herring Fishing Area 5 (Bonavista Bay) and Herring Fishing Area 6 (Trinity Bay) will close at 2400hrs on June 7, ...

Preparing Fogo Island Wharf for Arrival of MV Veteran

The tender has been awarded for enhancements to the Fogo Island wharf to accommodate the MV Veteran, which is anticipated to arrive this fall. A contract for over $772,000 has been awarded to Bennett’s Construction & Supplies Limited of Grand Bank. The tender for the Fogo Island wharf includes modifications to the ramp and widening of the approach to the ramp in order to accommodate the larger dimensions of the new ferry. The MV Veteran, an 80-metre ice-class ferry, will accomm...

House of Assembly Calls on the Federal Government to Reverse Atlantic Halibut Allocation Decision

The Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly unanimously passed a private member’s motion May 27 condemning and seeking the immediate reversal of last week’s Atlantic halibut quota allocation decision by federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea. This decision ignores the established sharing arrangement for halibut quotas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and continues to erode Newfoundland and Labrador’s share. “I am pleased the House of Assembly has unanimously supported ...

ASF Concerned About Salmon Fishery in Greenland

The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) is very concerned about the continually increasing harvest by Greenland of Canadian Atlantic salmon in its mixed-population fishery. Greenland expanded its kill of wild Atlantic salmon from 47 tonnes in 2013 to 58 tonnes in 2014, far beyond sustainable levels for the species, the ASF said in a recent press release. The latest report from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) indicates that, for salmon that spent two winters on ...

2HJ,3KLNO Scallop Fishery Opening

DFO advises that the commercial Scallop fishery in NAFO Divisions 2HJ, 3KLNO will open at 06:00 hours, Monday, June 1, 2015. Harvesters are reminded that there is no dragging authorized in inshore crab fishing areas in NAFO Divisions 3KL. Licence fees and licence conditions are available through the national online licencing system.