Salmon quota for Terra Nova National Park’s Northwest River hinges on returning fish count
The magic number for a small salmon quota on Northwest River in Terra Nova National Park is 250.
According to Parks Canada, if the count of returning salmon hits that mark by the first in-season review on July 5, the river will open for a quota of 75 fish in total on July 8.
If it doesn’t meet the threshold, however, weekly assessment will continue and the river will open to angling only if salmon returns are on track to reach the population target of 775 salmon.
If the weekly assessments show a return of less than 775 salmon, the river will remain closed to all angling this year.
The returning salmon will be monitored using the river’s counting fence.
Anglers must have a National Park Salmon Licence and Newfoundland and Labrador Inland Salmon Licence to take part in the Northwest River recreational salmon fishery.
The National Park Salmon Licence is free of charge and will be available at the seasonal Northwest River shack in the park.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Inland Salmon Licence must be purchased prior to picking up a National Park Salmon Licence and is available from a variety of vendors, including convenience stores, garages and fishing shops.