Salmon quota for Terra Nova Na­tional Park’s North­west River hinges on re­turn­ing fish count

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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.

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