Acting on a first series of recommendations made by the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Atlantic salmon, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced April 7 new conservation measures for Atlantic salmon recreational angling throughout the Gulf region, in 2015.
These new conservation measures are also supported by key stakeholders, including the Atlantic Salmon Federation, the New Brunswick Salmon Council, the Nova Scotia Salmon Association and the Miramichi Salmon Association, who petitioned the Department for a one-year moratorium on the issuance of tags.
For conservation reasons, there will be no retention of Atlantic salmon in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia this year. Anglers will continue to be able to fish salmon as a catch-and-release fishery only.
This measure has already been in place in Prince Edward Island and on some parts of the Miramichi river system and will be extended to all scheduled waters of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia where salmon angling was already permitted.
Additionally, anglers will be required to use artificial flies with a single barbless hook during the salmon angling season.