The provincial government is hoping a drop in the cost of a resident salmon licence will help to encourage anglers back on the rivers this season.
Salmon returns to most Newfoundland and Labrador rivers last year were down significantly, and DFO found that the main reason is poor marine survival rates.
DFO announced its salmon management plan late this year, reducing the retention quota to just one fish pending a mid-season review. That resulted in concerns that many anglers simply won’t bother to pick up a license this year, resulting in an economic impact for stores and shops that reap benefits from the sale of licenses.
Premier Dwight Ball announced yesterday that all resident salmon licenses will be reduced from $23 dollars to $5 dollars plus HST with vendors retaining the full amount minus the HST.
He says they gave consideration to the economic impact if anglers decided not to wet a line this year. Government hopes that the license fee reduction will ensure that anglers will still take to the rivers this year.
For more information, go to http://waves-vagues.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Library/40619655.pdf and http://www.nfl.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nl/salmoncounts