Re­ten­tion an­gling re­opened on TNNP’s North­west River

Closes again Sept. 7 or when quota is met

The Beacon (Gander) - - News - BY ADAM RAN­DELL Adam.ran­dell@gan­der­bea­con.ca

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Re­ten­tion an­gling has re­opened on Terra Nova Na­tional Park’s North­west River un­til Sept. 7, or un­til the es­tab­lished quota has been filled.

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