Salmon an­gling de­tails for 2018 not out yet

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

How the 2018 an­gling sea­son will look has not yet been de­ter­mined, ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans (DFO).

The de­part­ment states a de­ci­sion will be made after it re­ceives ad­vice from its sci­ence ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee and con­sults with stake­hold­ers and indige­nous groups.

DFO’s re­gional assess­ment process for New­found­land and Labrador At­lantic salmon is sched­uled for Feb. 27-28. Con­sul­ta­tions will fol­low in March.

“After this process is com­plete, a de­ci­sion will be made, and the 2018 man­age­ment ap­proach will be com­mu­ni­cated broadly,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from DFO.

The process fol­lows poor salmon counts in 2017, when the prov­ince’s high­est pro­duc­ing river, the Ex­ploits River (Bishop’s Falls) dropped from 23,459 salmon in 2016 to 15,563 in 2017.

All other count­ing ar­eas also showed vary­ing de­grees of de­cline.

The de­clines were so sig­nif­i­cant, the an­gling sea­son was switched to catch-and-re­lease an­gling only on Aug. 6, which re­mained in place for the rest of the sea­son.

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The De­part­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans has yet to make any de­ci­sion about the 2018 salmon an­gling sea­son.

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