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Cod Stocks in 3Ps Remain in Critical Condition, Says DFO

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) held a briefing in late November to update the status of 3Ps cod off the southern coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, which has remained in the critical zone since 2000. In 2023, 3Ps cod stock was found to be at 55 per cent of the limit reference point, or the level below which the stock is considered to be subject to serious harm. Based on factors such as the current small stock size, small fish size and early maturation, DFO doesn’t believe ...

DFO Releases Guidelines for 2023 Stewardship Cod Fishery

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently released the conservation harvesting plan (CHP) for the 2023, 2J3KL cod stewardship fishery on the heels of announcing a rollover of last year’s 12,999-tonne maximum authorized cod harvest. Within NAFO division 2J, the season is scheduled to open on Sunday, July 23 and will close on Saturday, October 14. Within 3KL, the season will open on the same date and run through to Saturday, November 4. As in previous years, harvesters will have ...

Floundering Like a Ship With No Rudder

When going through my files recently, I came across a letter from former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Brian Peckford, dated Dec. 21, 1979, entitled Northern Cod Stocks. One thing in that letter that really sticks out is the statement “the government of Canada is in the process of establishing the shape of things to come.” What I can say 43 years later is things have only gotten worse with no inquiry into what happened and no plan is in place to try and restore the great cod ...

The NLGIDC Wants to Catch More Cod

After an incredible year of catches for the stewardship cod fishery, the Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council (NLGIDC) is asking for more cod — 4,000 more tonnes, to be exact. The NLGIDC is a collaboration of harvesters through the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) and a number of processors including Beothic Fish Processors Limited, Barry Group Inc., the Labrador Fishermen’s Union Shrimp Co. and the Fogo Island Co-operative Society. Between the ...

The Fishery is Worth More Than Ever, So Why Isn’t N.L.’s Rural Population in Better Shape?

It is 2022. It is hard to believe, for a number of reasons. Time is flying by and things inevitably change. But for the cod fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador and in too many ways for the fishery generally, “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose,” or, the more things change, they more they stay the same. We are 30 years out from the initial groundfish moratorium of July 1992. We’ve added another 10 years to the postponement of our hopes for a fully recovered cod fishery, ...

2021 Recreational Groundfish Fishery

Once again, for 39 days throughout the summer and fall in Newfoundland and Labrador, thousands of residents took to the water to participate in the recreational groundfish fishery. The recreational groundfish fishery occurs in all NAFO areas/subareas around Newfoundland and Labrador, which includes 2GH, 2J3KL, 3Ps, 3Pn and 4R.   Reader submitted photos.

3Ps Cod Stock to Remain in Critical Zone Until 2024

A year ago, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced that cod stocks off the southern coast of Newfoundland, in NAFO area 3Ps, were in bad shape and in the critical zone (38 per cent of the limit reference point (LRP) of 27–53 per cent) Jump ahead a year and unfortunately, nothing much has changed. In DFO’s November 19th 3Ps assessment, cod biologist Karen Dwyer confirmed what many had already speculated, that the cod population in the region has not demonstrated much ...

3Ps Cod Stock Remains in Critical Zone

The future of cod stocks off Newfoundland continues to remain uncertain. In mid-2020, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced that after several years of perceived growth, recovery of the Northern cod stock seemed to have stalled. Now DFO is saying that cod stocks off the southern coast of Newfoundland in NAFO area 3Ps are also in bad shape. In its latest assessment, DFO said that the all-important 3Ps spawning stock biomass (SSB) on January 1, 2021 is projected to be 25 ...

The Continuing Enigma That is Cod

A needle in a haystack. A snowball in a blizzard. A black cat in a coal mine. You get the idea. Why is cod the Houdini of the fishing industry? As you all know by now, counting cod is as predictable as the weather of late. Fishermen report an abundance of cod in some areas, while scientists say they can’t find them. Harvesters say cod is showing up on their sounders as thick, solid bands, while scientific tow surveys are reporting that the groundfish is no longer found in ...

Seal Overpopulation Linked to Threatened Extinction of Two N.L. Cod Stocks

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) is calling on the federal government to take immediate action to control seal overpopulation in an effort to protect extremely vulnerable cod stocks on the south coast of Newfoundland and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The most recent assessment of southern Gulf cod (4T) was clear; extinction of that cod population is highly probable due to predation by grey seals, the union stated in a press release. “Scientists in the region took ...