Catch and release remains in effect for Atlantic salmon recreational fishing in the Gulf Region in 2016
April 13, 2016 – Moncton, New Brunswick
Based on scientific monitoring, indicators and advice and following extensive consultations with stakeholders and the public, Fisheries and Oceans Canada today announced that the current catch and release management measures for the recreational fishery in the Gulf Region will be extended for another year.
The decision is based on scientific analysis showing the lowest returns on record of Atlantic salmon in many rivers in the Gulf region over the past five years. Given these results, it is critical to exercise caution to protect this resource.
“Atlantic salmon is an iconic species and part of the culture, economy and history of Atlantic Canada. As such, conservation of Atlantic salmon is paramount,” said the Honourable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. “This decision, which rests on sound science, is another step in our efforts to further contribute to the conservation and rebuilding of Atlantic salmon stocks.”
Since 1984, a series of conservation measures have been implemented to limit fishing mortality and help increase Atlantic salmon numbers in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence. These measures include the closure of the commercial fishery and, in the recreational fishery, various tag reductions, mandatory release of large salmon and catch-and-release measures in portions of rivers.
The Department has been monitoring and studying salmon stocks in the Atlantic Provinces for more than half a century. For the past years, the Department has been collaborating closely with various groups such as First Nations and non-governmental organizations to monitor Atlantic salmon stocks. Budget 2016 invests $197 million in ocean science and freshwater science which will allow the Department to engage with partners to further understand Atlantic salmon. The Department will focus on three main areas – increasing in-river monitoring of salmon returns in selected rivers; understanding survival at sea; and working with the Atlantic salmon science community to contribute to effective salmon management and conservation.
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For more information:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Gulf Region
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada