Understanding Fish Stocks
Marine Institute Home to OCI Industrial Research Chair for Fish Stock Assessment
Dr. Noel Cadigan has been named the first Ocean Choice International Research Chair in Stock Assessment and Sustainable Harvest Advice for Northwest Atlantic Fisheries.
The new chair is an investment of $2.5 million from industry, government, academia, donors and the Marine Institute (MI) to advance the way fish stock assessments for the Northwest Atlantic fisheries are conducted.
Housed at MI, it is only ...
On the Waterfront – July 2017
Rebranded Seafood Association in Nova Scotia
The Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance (NSSA) has succeeded the Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association, to advocate for and strengthen the voice of the province’s small and medium-sized onshore seafood companies.
The Fish Packers Association represented processors for more than 40 years. The Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance will build on that legacy, and reflect the scope and diversity of modern onshore fisheries operations. The new organization was ...
Canada’s First Redfish Fishery Achieves MSC Certification
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC) today announced Canada’s first redfish fishery to meet the globally recognized MSC Fishery Standard.
With this achievement, Acadian redfish (Sebastes fasciatus), also known as Atlantic redfish or ocean perch, caught in Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Division 3LN, can now be sold as MSC certified by companies with MSC Chain of Custody certificates.
Straddling Canadian and ...
Redfish FIP Established in Gulf
Industry participants, government and non-government partners today announced the launch of a Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) for Units 1 and 2 redfish in Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence and Laurentian Channel.
Historically, redfish fisheries in Units 1 and 2 achieved combined annual catches of 100,000 tonnes. That ended in the early 1990s when this over-exploited stock complex entered an extended period of low productivity.
But by 2020, new recruits that exploded onto the scene in ...
How Fishermen’s Knowledge of Redfish Catches in the 1980s and 1990s Can Help DFO Now
The redfish stock of the Laurentian Channel area (NAFO zones 4RST, 3P — now called Unit 1+2) supported large fisheries in the 1960s and 1980s but since about 1995 catches have been quite small.
In fact, these stocks fell to such low levels that the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) recommended listing the two redfish species in this area as “endangered” and “threatened.” DFO has devoted a lot of time since 2011 to determining the size of this ...
Did you Fish Redfish in the 1980s or Before?
I am a research scientist at DFO in Mont-Joli, Quebec working on redfish assessment primarily for the Unit 1 + 2 stock (Gulf of St Lawrence and Laurentian Channel).
I am interested in speaking with anyone who fished redfish (skippers and crew) in the 1980s and before on their experiences and impressions of the stocks and the catch back then.
Some questions I have, when looking at data and model results, concern catches and reporting. I would be interested in hearing about catch and ...
4R Redfish Fishery Opening
DFO advises that the Unit I Redfish index fishery for the mobile gear fleets based in Western Newfoundland and Labrador and in the Quebec Region will open Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 2400 hrs.
This fishery is open only to limited participation from the Western Newfoundland and Québec Region mobile gear fleets.
As well, this fishery is only open to a limited area of NAFO Divisions 4R. Fish harvesters involved should review their licence conditions for specific area restrictions.