Striped bass still ap­pear­ing in south­ern Labrador

DFO to an­a­lyse sam­ples of the fish this fall


The Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans say they are still re­ceiv­ing re­ports of stripe bass in coastal waters and es­tu­ar­ies in south­ern Labrador.

Since Au­gust, the fish have been seen in Forteau River, Port Marn­ham Book and the mouth of Gil­bert Bay.

Re­ports have come as far north as Pin­sent’s Arm.

DFO fish­ery of­fi­cers have been col­lect­ing sam­ples of the striped bass with DFO Science and plan to an­a­lyse the sam­ples this fall.

In ad­di­tion, the depart­ment says it is work­ing with fish and wildlife guardians from the Nu­natuKavut Com­mu­nity Coun­cil (NCC), who have gath­ered sam­ples and in­for­ma­tion re­lated to the ap­pear­ance of the striped bass.

Ac­cord­ing to DFO, it is not un­com­mon, es­pe­cially when ocean tem­per­a­tures are warmer in sum­mer, for warm wa­ter fish like striped bass to travel fur­ther north. They say it is un­cer­tain if this species will re­main and if this oc­cur­rence is re­lated to changes in ocean con­di­tions.

Striped bass are na­tive to North Amer­ica, but typ­i­cally not seen as far north as Labrador. The St. Lawrence River pop­u­la­tion of stripe bass is pro­tected un­der the fed­eral Species at Risk Act (SARA); there­fore, DFO rec­om­mends that any striped bass caught in NL waters be re­leased un­til fur­ther study is done to de­ter­mine the ori­gin of th­ese fish.

They say it is too early to spec­u­late on any po­ten­tial fish­ery for this species.

Stud­ies con­ducted by DFO Science in At­lantic Canada and Que­bec in­di­cate there is lit­tle or no pop­u­la­tion-level im­pact on salmon; how­ever, sim­i­lar stud­ies have not been con­ducted in New­found­land and Labrador since the species does not typ­i­cally ap­pear there.

The DFO says they will con­tinue to study in­ter­ac­tions among species, in­clud­ing in New­found­land and Labrador.

Striped bass is an op­por­tunis­tic species and feeds on abun­dant for­age species such as smelts, sand lance and her­ring.


A striped bass that washed up on L’Anse au Clair beach.

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