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Disappearing Redfish and DFO Math

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announcement in late January with respect to redfish puts a glaring spotlight on the numbers problem in its science and management divisions. Its new research purports to show that the biomass of redfish in Area 1, despite there having been essentially no fishery, has declined since 2019 from 4.3 million tonnes to 2.8 million tonnes after growing exponentially for a decade. This follows news in December 2023, that the estimated number of seals ...

Offshore Fleet Ready and Able to Take on Redfish Fishery, Says AGC

Despite a drop in its member’s historical shares in the recently reopened redfish fishery, the Atlantic Groundfish Council (AGC) said it has the capacity and market access to make the most of this reemerging resource. The AGC is made up of a number of offshore harvesting companies, which were recently allotted 58.69 per cent of the yet-undecided total allowable catch (TAC) for the upcoming unit 1 redfish fishery. This number, according to AGC President Sylvie Lapointe, is around 20 per ...

Emerging Commercial Redfish Fishery a Chance for N.S. Industry to do “Some Really Good Things”

The revival of a commercial fishery, because the stocks have come back, is not something that often happens in Atlantic Canada. In January, federal fisheries Minister Diane Lebouthillier announced the Unit 1 commercial redfish fishery, which has been closed since 1995, will be reopened in two phases, starting this year. “It’s a time in history with the opening of this fishery for people to come together and work collectively in a very positive way, to go forward in a very positive ...

DFO Minister Doubles Down on Redfish Allocations

Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, recently held a virtual press conference in an attempt to clear up some information surrounding the upcoming Unit 1 redfish fishery. The announcement of the fishery’s opening came on the heels of a decline in the Gulf shrimp fishery, which the minister hoped to remedy by allocating 10 per cent of the total allowable catch (TAC) for the new fishery to shrimp harvesters and Indigenous harvesters. The yet-to-be...

Redfish Re-opening – Getting It Wrong

The recent announcement of the re-opening of the redfish fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is of crucial importance on multiple levels — economic, ecological and political. In order to take advantage of this opportunity that nature is offering, we need to get it right. Unfortunately, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and many informed commentators are getting it wrong. Since the early evidence of a redfish population explosion five years ago, harvesters have been looking forward ...

Sharing the Redfish Pie

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced the reopening of the long-dormant redfish fishery after some 30 years. Until the season begins in earnest, DFO has yet another “pie” cooling on its metaphorical windowsill. And, as always, representatives of different groups are lining up to argue that their slice isn’t quite as big as they would like it to be. Everyone wants a bigger slice of the pie than they’ve gotten, whether it’s cod, crab, mackerel, turbot or ...

DFO Minister Holds Meeting to Discuss Gulf Shrimp, Redfish Going into 2024

Concerns have been raised over the health of the Northern shrimp stocks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The situation is dire enough for some, like the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government located on the border of Québec and New Brunswick, that they are calling for a moratorium on the fishery after participating in it for over 20 years. In an interview with the CBC, the associate director of natural resources for the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government (LMG) Danny Isaac said that less than 40 per cent ...

Important Redfish Data Collection – Experimental Fishery Key to Resumption of Commercial Harvesting

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is gearing up again for the experimental Unit 1 redfish fishery as it works out the details to re-establish the once-diminished stock for a future commercial fishery. While the redfish fishery was strong throughout the 1900s, the stock plummeted in the early 1990s, with a moratorium being introduced on both redfish species — Acadian redfish and deepwater redfish — in 1994. Starting in 2011, redfish saw a major reproduction boom that lasted ...

Study Reveals Halibut May Be Put at Risk by Redfish Fishery

A new study based on satellite tagging and interviews with fish harvesters has revealed a potentially negative impact between halibut spawning grounds and a potential redfish fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. According to researcher Rachel Marshall of the Fisheries and Marine Institute, the study started as a tagging study on halibut off the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador in Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) division 4R. The goal was to work with fish harvesters...

Status Quo for 2022/23 Unit 1 Redfish TAC

Industry Waiting for Minister’s Decision on Future Quota Allotments   Unless the scientific advice says otherwise, it will be status quo for the 2022/23 Unit 1 redfish total allowable catch (TAC). “The index fishery was maintained at 2,000 metric tonnes and the experimental fishery quota was set at 2,500 tonnes with the understanding that the experimental quota may increase, but only under science approval,” said Victoria Waizmann, media relations with the Department of ...