Retention angling reopened on TNNP’s Northwest River
Closes again Sept. 7 or when quota is met
TERRA NOVA NATIONAL PARK – Retention salmon angling has reopened on NorthWest River.
Officials within Terra Nova National Park made the decision to reopen the river as weather conditions have become more favorable and salmon returns are strong. More than 1,400 salmon have moved through the counter. The rest of the province’s open rivers remain catch-and-release only.
Bill Brake, park superintendent for Terra Nova National Park, said high salmon numbers on the river speak to the dedication of staff, organizations and volunteers. He said returns are consistent with their commitment to the Northwest River management strategy, which ensures protection of the river’s ecological integrity and the health and long-term sustainability of its salmon population.
“As a result, the season quota for this year has been capped at 100 salmon, of which 45 have been caught and reported thus far,” he said. “Part of the management strategy for the salmon population on Northwest River includes a small catch-and-retain fishery that uses conservationbased targets well within the limits set for the Northwest River.”
The recreational salmon fishery was closed on the river for most of the season due to low water levels and low water temperatures, but has since returned to normal. Brake said a decision was made to reopen retention angling until Sept. 7 or until the established quota is met.
Rules and Regulations
Anglers who fish salmon on the Northwest River within Terra Nova National Park must adhere to important regulations and guidelines.
Anglers are required to obtain a national park salmon licence, in addition to a Newfoundland and Labrador salmon licence, and possess one unused “Class 2” salmon tag.
Catch and release angling is not permitted. Anglers are limited to retaining one salmon and are required to report their catch at the Northwest River kiosk, located adjacent to the river at Northwest River Bridge.
Parks Canada may close the fishery at any time if water temperatures exceed 22 degrees Celsius.
If water levels are deemed too low for salmon passage upstream, or concerns related to the long-term sustainability of the salmon population arise, the fishery may close as well. A full list of regulations is provided to anglers when they obtain their national park salmon licence.
Retention angling has reopened on Terra Nova National Park’s Northwest River until Sept. 7, or until the established quota has been filled.