Commercial Capelin Fishery Must Stop
On August 5, 2017, Derek Butler, Association of Seafood Producers had a letter published defending the commercial capelin fishery.
He said “this year’s capelin fishery is underway and all reports there is abundant capelin being found and capelin landed to date have been smaller, and the current management of the fishery is based on precaution.”
Go back in time to 1990, fishermen were saying cod were getting smaller and scarcer and managers were saying the fishery is based on science ...
Fisheries Violations in Newfoundland and Labrador Net Significant Penalties
The first quarter of 2016 saw over $83,000 in fines for fisheries violations in Newfoundland and Labrador, along with prohibitions, forfeitures, and jail time.
Some significant penalties include the following:
Recreational salmon and trout
Kevin Lavhey Sr. of Terrenceville was sentenced to 90 days in custody for attempting to jig fish. He was also placed on probation for 12 months and prohibited from fishing any waters for five years.
Bradley Banks and Josh Lockyer of Hampden were ...
Solving the Mystery: Origin and Stock Structure of Capelin in the Northwest Atlantic and the Arctic
Capelin is an important forage (or food) species for several fish, mammal and seabird species in the ocean environment and is therefore considered a keystone species for maintaining marine ecosystems.
The species also plays an important role in supporting commercially valuable fisheries as well as a small capelin commercial fishery.
However, for decades, capelin have puzzled scientists because so little has been known about the structure of the stock over its entire range distribution. ...
Southern Shore Fixed Gear Capelin Fishery Opening
DFO advises that the capelin fishery, for vessels less than 19.8 metres, using fixed gear, in that portion of Capelin Fishing Area 8 (Southern Shore) from Cape Neddick to Cape Pine will open at 0600 hours on July 4, 2015.
Fish harvesters are reminded that no capelin may be removed from any fixed gear until the fishery has been open for a period of 24 hours and dockside monitoring requirements are in place for this fishery.
Licence conditions can be obtained through the DFO National ...
Capelin Fixed Gear Fishery Opening in a Portion of Area 14
DFO advises that the capelin fixed gear fishery using traps and bar seine (including tuck seine), for vessels less than 65 feet, in a portion of Capelin Fishing Areas 14 will open at 0600hrs on Thursday, June 25, 2015.
The specific capelin quota zone that is opening is that portion from a line drawn due west of Point Riche, north to a line drawn due west of Big Brook.
All fish harvesters are reminded that dockside monitoring requirements are in place for this fishery. Licence conditions ...
Mobile Gear Capelin Fishery Opening in 3L
DFO advises that the capelin fishery for vessels using Mobile gear will open on June 25, 2015 at 0600 hours in the following fishing areas;
Bonavista Bay (CFA 5),
Trinity Bay (CFA 6),
Conception Bay (CFA 7) and
St. Mary’s Bay (CFA 9).
Licence conditions can be obtained through DFO’s National On-line Licencing System.
Capelin Fixed Gear Fishery Opening in Area 13
DFO advises that the Capelin fixed gear fishery using traps and bar seine (including modified bar seine known as "tuck seine"), for vessels less than 65 feet, in Capelin Fishing Area 13 will open at 0600hrs on Friday, June 19, 2015.
Fish harvesters prosecuting are reminded that a portion of the Bay of Islands is closed to pelagic fixed gear fishing.
All fish harvesters are reminded that dockside monitoring requirements are in place for this fishery. Licence conditions are available ...
Capelin Fishery Opening for the Greater than 65-Foot Fleet in Western NL
DFO advises that the Capelin purse seine fishery for mobile gear vessels, greater than 65 feet, in Capelin Fishing Areas 13 and 14 (NAFO Division 4R) opened at 0600hrs on Friday, June 12, 2015.
All fish harvesters are reminded that dockside monitoring requirements are in place for this fishery, and that at-sea observer service arrangements must be made prior to the commencement of fishing activity.
Licence conditions are available through the National Online Licencing System.
4RST Capelin Integrated Fisheries Management Plan Released
DFO advises that the Capelin Integrated Fisheries Management Plan for 4RST has been finalized.
The total allowable catch has been set at 14,300 tonnes for 2015-2016.
Full details on the management measures can be found at www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/decisions/fm-2015-gp/atl-014-eng.htm (This link is no longer available)
DFO also advised that the 2J3KLPs Capelin Integrated Fisheries Management Plan has been finalized. The total allowable catch has been set at 30,496 tonnes for 2015-2016.