What DFO’s an­nounce­ment means to you

The Packet (Clarenville) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MARK SQUIBB THE PACKET

DFO an­nounced Fri­day that they would not be us­ing a li­cense or tag regime for this year’s food fish­ery.

For many recre­ational fish­er­men, this is good news.

“I was pleas­antly sur­prised. I was ex­pect­ing a li­cens­ing sys­tem with tags,” Wayne Dawe told The Packet.

Dawe, who lives in Leth­bridge, jigs in the Bon­av­ista Bay area.

“My brother, Neil, has a cabin in Pud­din’ Cove, Bon­av­ista Bay. We go out there from Mus­grave­town, and fish from that area… (we go out) two or three week­ends, just to get enough, noth­ing more.”

DFO also an­nounced on Fri­day that tour boat op­er­a­tors will be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for a li­cense to in­crease their trip limit.

This could be big news for tour boat op­er­a­tors.

“A lot of vis­i­tors to New­found­land are re­ally in­ter­ested in jig­ging a first for the first time. It’s a re­ally big ex­pe­ri­ence for them to jig a cod,” ex­plained Derm Hickey of Bon­av­istsa Puf­fin and Whale Tours.

“For peo­ple with the small, un­der 15-tonne op­er­a­tions, I think it’d be great for them. It’ll add to the in­ter­est that’s in their tours.”

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