Status quo for NL 2016 angling season, says DFO
Published on September 21, 2015
It looks like there won’t be any change to next year’s retainable salmon limit in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Earlier this year it was announced that the Maritimes, excluding Newfoundland and Labrador, and Quebec, would be Catch and Release only. Many anglers on the Northern Peninsula were afraid it would be soon implemented in this province.
The Northern Pen recently received an email, from a reader, suggesting plans were in the works to reduce the retention limit by one fish. Meaning only five tags next year, instead of six.
But it looks like the status quo will remain in place, according to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
In a media release, the Department said, while a small number of rivers in Newfoundland and Labrador are catch and release only, there are no plans to introduced catch and release angling only in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“At this time there are no changes planned to management measures for the 2016 recreational salmon fishing season,” the statement reads.
“This year will be the third year in a five-year management plan for recreational Atlantic salmon fishing in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
But the conservation of the species is a priority of DFO, and management measures for the recreational salmon fishery, such as retention limits, in Newfoundland and Labrador are based on science advice (e.g. review of NL salmon returns etc.) and consultation with Aboriginal groups, the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and stakeholder groups.
“Additionally, the use of a river classification system provides additional flexibility in salmon management in our province,” it reads.
“The river classification system considers the status of individual salmon rivers when setting the retention limits. Rivers are given a classification number that matches the number of salmon that an angler can retain. For example, an angler fishing on a Class 6 salmon river can keep six fish from that river. When fishing on a Class 2 river, two fish may be kept. A Class 0 (zero) river is catch and release angling only (salmon that are angled on Class 0 rivers cannot be kept).”
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