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Northern Cod Recovery Continues

Above photo: The Boston meeting coordinated by WWF-Canada, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers/UNIFOR (FFAW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council Scientists with the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are taking a cautious approach to the latest stock update of Northern cod of Newfoundland. DFO stock assessment biologist Karen Dwyer provided a technical briefing March 27 on the cod stock status in NAFO Divisions 2J3KL. She said, ...

Dire Predictions for N.L. Crab and Shrimp Stocks

Scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are painting bleak pictures for the upcoming 2017 snow crab and Northern shrimp seasons off Newfoundland. Many in the industry are anticipating cuts to the snow crab quotas and another big hit to the already beleaguered shrimp fishery. And if the DFO quota regulators take the advice of their science colleagues, both valuable fisheries are destined for cuts during the 2017 season. DFO snow crab lead Dr. Darrell Mullowney said the ...

DFO Reports Northern Cod Stock Up Seven Per Cent

Scientists with the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are taking a cautious approach to the latest stock update of Northern cod of Newfoundland. DFO stock assessment biologist Karen Dwyer provided a technical briefing March 27 on the cod stock status in NAFO Divisions 2J3KL. She said, since 2012, the stock continues to increase, but is still in the lower half of the critical zone. From 2015 to 2016, the overall cod biomass increased by seven per cent and in keeping with the ...

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 ...

New Sustainability Assessment Makes Recommendations to Grow Northern Cod Stock

An independent assessment completed by SAI Global on behalf of WWF-Canada and the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) confirms that the Newfoundland northern cod stock has grown significantly since 2006, but cautions that numbers are far below what they were during the peak commercial success of the fishery. In 2015, FFAW-Unifor, the Seafood Producers of Newfoundland and Labrador, Fogo Island Co-op and WWF-Canada agreed to work together to rebuild the fishery off Newfoundland...

3Ps Cod Fishery Achieves Marine Stewardship Council Certification

A southern Newfoundland cod fishery has gained Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, demonstrating that it is possible for struggling fish stocks to recover and reach sustainability benchmarks that benefit both nature and communities. The MSC certification of the southern Newfoundland cod fishery – known by its Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Subdivision of 3Ps – comes after the successful completion of a WWF led Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) in partnership ...

Eyes on South Coast Cod: Latest Assessment Raises Concerns About 3Ps Stock

There is a disturbing trend in the health of the cod stocks off Newfoundland’s south coast. Despite low levels of fishing in recent years, the stock in fishing zone 3Ps has not been as healthy or progressing as well as fisheries scientists would like to see. While not in any immediate danger of collapse, the mortality rate has been gradually increasing over the past number of years and the latest Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) stock status assessment — released in February ...