Food fish­ery an­nounced for New­found­land and Labrador

The Packet (Clarenville) - - FRONT PAGE -

The food fish­ery will be 46 days long in the prov­ince this year, Avalon MP Ken McDon­ald an­nounced Fri­day for the fed­eral Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans.

The food fish­ery will open from July 15 to Aug. 6 and Sept. 23 to Oct. 1, as well as all week­ends in July and Au­gust, in­clud­ing the Canada Day and Labour Day long week­ends.

There will be no li­cence and tag regime, McDon­ald told media in Holy­rood.

Peo­ple are not al­lowed to dis­card ground­fish, with the ex­cep­tion of Atlantic hal­ibut and species at risk, such as north­ern and spot­ted wolff­ish.

Tour boat op­er­a­tors will be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for a li­cence to seek an in­creased trip limit, but there will be re­port­ing re­quire­ments.

The food fish­ery also is in play for Que­bec’s north shore.

DFO is con­sid­er­ing a marine recre­ational fish­ing li­cence sys­tem for 2018, with­out tags.

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