What DFO’s announcement means to you
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.”