Today is the last day for salmon anglers in Newfoundland to catch a fish for dinner.
DFO is shutting down the retention salmon fishery in Newfoundland as of one hour after sunset this evening.
According to federal scientists, the in-season review released yesterday showed discouraging numbers. As a result, no retention of salmon will be permitted on the island. Catch and release is okay, but only when water temperatures are below 18 degrees Celsius. Rivers will close to all angling when temperatures surpass 18 degrees.
Catch and release limits will remain steady at three fish per day.
An in-season review is scheduled for Labrador for July 24, and an announcement on the approach for Labrador will follow once the review is complete. In the interim, Tag 1 will be valid until August 1.
Provincial Fisheries Minister Gerry Byrne is blown away by the decision given that salmon counts this year are up according to the DFO review.
He says last year there were a total of 21,500 salmon returned to the counting fences, and this year there are 27,000 salmon returning to those fences. Byrne says it boggles the mind how DFO can cancel the entire retention salmon fishery when salmon returns are up by 24 per cent.
Byrne says economic activity is going to take a hard hit as a result of DFO’s decision.