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Green-Lighting Cod Jigs

A New Handline Fishing Enhancement Since the Northern cod fishery moratorium in the early 1990s, fishing gears, methods (e.g. gillnet soak times) and gear alternatives (e.g. hook and line) have been explored for efficiency, practicality, profitability and ecological sustainability. While gillnets are the most widely used gear in commercial fisheries, most fishers also jig cod. Some fishing programs or areas such as the Petty Harbour Protected Fishing Area only allow handline fishing methods ...

Could the Southern Gulf Cod Be Extinct by 2050?

DFO Scientists Point Finger at Grey Seal Predation as a Major Cause The plight of the Atlantic cod has been in the headlines for decades in this region, with most of the attention focused on the Northern cod stock off eastern Newfoundland. But a new study has highlighted the cod stock in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and the news is not promising. A recent report from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) stated that the outlook for this particular cod stock remains grim. ...

Harvesting Plan Announced for 2019 Northern Cod Fishery

Harvesters in eastern Newfoundland are either already on the water or are gearing up for the 2019 Northern cod fishery. This spring, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) reported that the spawning stock biomass (SSB) for 2J3KL cod had 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, DFO actually revised its 2018 stock projection. The department reported that the 2018 SSB had been revised from ...

Northern Cod Stewardship Fishery Receives 30 Per Cent Increase

The soap opera that is the 2J3KL cod fishery continues. Last year, after several years of cautious growth, the commercial Northern cod catch limits were reduced by 25 per cent to under 10,000 tonnes by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). The reduction did not come as a real shock to anyone following DFO’s earlier 2018 announcement that 2J3KL cod had experienced a 29 per cent single-year decline in spawning stock biomass (SSB). Last year, the 29 per cent single-year decline ...

A Cod Fishery Juxtaposition

The management approach for the Northern cod stewardship fishery for NAFO Divisions 2J3KL was recently announced by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). As in past years, the catch phrase for this fishery once again appears to be cautious optimism, as DFO unveiled a total commercial quota of 12,350 tonnes, a 30 per cent increase relative to 2018. While harvesters on the eastern shores of Newfoundland await the detailed conservation and harvesting plan for this year’s Northern ...

Options Aplenty for Northern Cod

Some pundits might argue that there are nearly as many opinions of what to do with the iconic Northern cod as there are actual fish in the ocean. While that might be a mild exaggeration, proposals and theories are aplenty once again, especially since the latest stock assessment from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). After a supposed setback last year, DFO recently reported that the Northern cod stock off eastern Newfoundland appears to be in better shape than initially ...

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, ...

More Bad News for Northern Cod Recovery Prospects

Those anticipating a return of a viable commercial Northern cod fishery in the waters off eastern Newfoundland may to have to wait a few more years yet. At a recent technical briefing, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) reported that the 2J3KL cod stock, also known as Northern cod, has continued to decline from 2017 to 2018 and remains in the critical zone. The spawning stock biomass (SSB) has declined from 441,000 tonnes in 2017 to 315,000 tonnes in 2018. The low spawning stock ...

A Call for a Commission of Inquiry

This is an open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, all N.L. MHAs and all MPs for Canada   As stated by the late Alex Hickman, “the ocean is the backbone of our existence.” My ancestors, the Rices, Parsons and Bartletts, came from England to this province of Newfoundland and Labrador many years ago to make a living from the ocean. And they did for hundreds of years until the ocean with its many species of fish started to fail (or ...

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

About 23 years ago, I helped lead a team that designed and implemented the cod sentinel inshore survey on Northern cod (Southern Avalon, North East Coast and Labrador). The status of Northern cod has been in the news a great deal lately and the decision by DFO to cut the commercial quota has been met with some stiff opposition from the FFAW-Unifor. This prompted me to do a little investigating to see what the cod sentinel is telling us about Northern cod. Based on a review of cod sentinel ...