Positive News for Northern Cod
DFO Reports 2J3KL Spawning Stock Biomass Improves to 48 Per Cent of Limit Reference Point
After a setback last year, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently reported that the iconic Northern cod stock off Newfoundland appears to be in better shape than initially thought.
The good news is that the spawning biomass (SSB) for 2J3KL cod has returned to its level of two years ago, about 48 per cent of the critical level needed for a healthy fishery or 398,000 tonnes.
In fact, ...
It is Time to Upset the Apple Cart
For the hardcore Harry Potter fans out there, you probably already know that the motto of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus — translated as “never tickle a sleeping dragon.”
For the second year in a row, it appears the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is taking no chances in tickling any of the dragons that regularly participate in the annual recreational groundfish fishery.
Once again, DFO has balked at the idea of implementing ...
Predictable Reactions to Lower 2J3KL Cod Catch Limits
After several years of cautious growth, the 2J3KL commercial cod catch limits will be reduced this year.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced that the 2018 stewardship fishery management approach will include measures to ensure catches are distributed throughout the season and do not exceed 9,500 metric tonnes, a 25 per cent reduction relative to 2017.
This reduction did not come as a real shock to anyone following DFO’s earlier announcement that 2J3KL cod, ...
2018 2J3KL Northern Cod Stewardship Fishery – Fall Fishery Option
If fishers have acquired additional cod shares through enterprise combining, their weekly authorized catch limit will be calculated within the licensing program and identified in their licence conditions.
All weights indicated below are in round weight.
August 5th - October 20th: 3500 lbs/week
August 12th - September 1st: 2000 lbs/week
September 2nd - 29th: 3000 lbs/week (no fishing the week of September 16-22)
September 30th - November 3rd : 3500 lbs/wee...