Prov­ince cuts 2018 salmon-li­cence fee to $5 for N.L. res­i­dents

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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – It will cost New­found­land and Labrador res­i­dents a lot less to buy a salmon li­cence for the 2018 angling sea­son.

Premier Dwight Ball and Fish­eries and Land Re­sources Min­is­ter Gerry Byrne an­nounced de­tails of the prov­ince’s salmon strat­egy for this year May 25.

All salmon li­cences will be sold to res­i­dents of the prov­ince for $5 plus HST, in­stead of $23 plus HST and a $3 fee for ven­dors that has been charged in the past, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Ven­dors will re­tain the full amount of the $5-fee mi­nus the taxes.

The cost of li­cences for non­res­i­dents will con­tinue to be $80 plus the re­vised $5-ven­dor fee.

The fee structure for 2018 was made to help com­pen­sate ven­dors for “er­rors and omis­sions” caused as a re­sult of the De­part­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans’ (DFO) de­layed avail­abil­ity of li­cences, the re­lease stated.

It’s ex­pected DFO’s de­ci­sion to is­sue a late man­age­ment plan, one that al­lows an­glers to keep only one fish pend­ing a mid-sea­son re­view, will mean less in­ter­est in salmon angling.

The change also rec­og­nizes the fi­nan­cial ef­fect to li­cence ven­dors and equip­ment sup­pli­ers re­sult­ing from re­duced li­cence and angling-re­lated equip­ment sales.

“Now more than ever, we need a strong and sus­tained pres­ence on our rivers by an­glers who are con­nected to wild salmon like no one else and are fight­ing for their pro­tec­tion,” Ball said.

The De­part­ment of Fish­eries and Land Re­sources, mean­while, is re­spond­ing to DFO’s catc­hand-re­lease limit of three fish per day set for all rivers in the prov­ince in 2018.

The provin­cial de­part­ment plans to cre­ate reg­u­la­tions un­der the Wildlife Act to give the min­is­ter the au­thor­ity to es­tab­lish catch-and-re­lease an­nual and in­sea­son quo­tas, sus­pend or can­cel li­cences, and en­able sci­en­tific re­search.

Fish­eries and Land Re­sources will also un­der­take a study of study of catch-and-re­lease angling and its im­pact on salmon mor­tal­ity spe­cific to New­found­land and Labrador.

“My de­part­ment is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing New­found­land and Labrador’s im­por­tant salmon re­source is man­aged us­ing the best science avail­able,” Byrne said.

“The study an­nounced to­day will help de­ter­mine the im­pact of catch-and-re­lease angling on salmon mor­tal­ity and es­tab­lish the best ap­proach. We must work to en­sure this re­source is man­aged based on true science, and that it up­holds an­glers’ es­tab­lished val­ues of con­ser­va­tion.”

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