Food fish­ery

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Editorial -

When it comes to the rea­son for the de­cline in north­ern cod stocks from 2017 to 2018, the de­bate is lively over pos­si­ble causes.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­for­ma­tion pre­sented by the De­part­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans (DFO) in its re­port in late March, nat­u­ral mor­tal­ity of the fish is a fac­tor. Al­berto Ware­ham says the only things hu­mans can con­trol in the equa­tion is how much fish they catch.

On that point, he thinks the re­cre­ational fish­ery — where or­di­nary peo­ple can catch a few fish dur­ing the sum­mer for their own din­ner ta­bles — is a big fac­tor. “DFO is cur­rently not mon­i­tor­ing the re­cre­ational fish­ery as strictly as a lot of peo­ple would like; the abuse of that fish­ery is ex­treme,” Ware­ham told The Packet.

“They [DFO] es­ti­mate the re­movals from the re­cre­ational fish­ery to be 30 per­cent of what’s taken by stew­ard­ship (com­mer­cial fish­ers).”

Ware­ham ex­plains the com­mer­cial vs food fish­ery ra­tio this way. If 12,200 tonnes of fish was caught in the stew­ard­ship (com­mer­cial)

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