NL recre­ational/food fish­ery un­der­way this sum­mer

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

The New­found­land and Labrador Recre­ational ground fish fish­ery opened Satur­day for three weeks.

It closes Aug. 15 but will re­open again Sept. 25-Oct. 3 for a fall fish­ery.

The recre­ational fish­ery is per­mit­ted in all NAFO ar­eas around the pro­vin­cial, which in­cludes 3Ps off south­ern New­found­land, 2GH, 2J/3KL, 3Pn and 4R. Two ex­cep­tions are the East­port and Gil­bert Bay Ma­rine Pro­tected Ar­eas (MPA), where recre­ational ground fish fish­ing is not per­mit­ted.

Recre­ational fish­ers are limited to five ground fish per day (in­clud­ing cod). How­ever, the max­i­mum boat limit when three or more peo­ple are fish­ing is 15 ground fish. This in­cludes tour boats.

The recre­ational fish­ery is open to both res­i­dents and non-res­i­dents. There is no re­quire­ment for li­cences or tags.

Re­ten­tion of At­lantic hal­ibut and Spot­ted and North­ern wolf fish is pro­hib­ited. Sculpins and cun­ners may be re­leased. All other ground fish caught must be re­tained. High-grad­ing of ground fish is not per­mit­ted.

Fish may be bled, gut­ted, and split while at sea, but fur­ther pro­cess­ing such as fil­let­ing and skin­ning at sea is not per­mit­ted.

Only an­gling gear and hand lines, with a max­i­mum of three hooks, are per­mit­ted. Hand lines in­clude ar­ti­fi­cial lures, baited hooks and feath­ered hooks.

Ar­ti­fi­cial lures with tre­ble hooks weigh­ing less than five ounces or 125 grams are ac­cept­able. Tra­di­tional jig­gers are not per­mit­ted un­less they are mod­i­fied and have only one sin­gle hook.

There are pro­vi­sions in this year’s recre­ational fish­ery al­low­ing a dis­abled per­son to des­ig­nate a per­son to catch their daily limit of ground fish. In­for­ma­tion is avail­able at DFO li­cenc­ing cen­tres.

Fish­ery of­fi­cers will monitor this fish­ery closely, both at sea and at dock­side, to en­sure reg­u­la­tions are fol­lowed. Com­plaints will be in­ves­ti­gated and charges laid where ap­pro­pri­ate.

The sale of ground fish caught in the recre­ational fish­ery is strictly pro­hib­ited.

Com­mer­cial fish­ing ves­sels are not per­mit­ted to par­tic­i­pate in recre­ational fish­ing ac­tiv­ity on any trip where there is any com­mer­cial fish­ing ac­tiv­ity.

For safety rea­sons, fish­ing is only per­mit­ted from one hour be­fore sun­rise un­til one hour af­ter sun­set.

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