Violations down a notch in this year’s recreational cod fishery: DFO

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The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says 55 violations were detected during patrols and inspections during this year’s recreational groundfish fishery.

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The majority of the violations were for people exceeding daily bag limits of cod.

The number of violations this year was down from 76 in the 2012 recreational fishery.

DFO officers monitored fishing activities closely to ensure that conservation measures and regulations were followed. This year, DFO fishery officers and guardians checked 1,358 boats, 3,424 people and inspected 10,224 individual codfish.

The average length of cod inspected was 55 centimetres.

In an email, DFO says most people fished within the rules governing the fishery which is important to protect fish resources for future generations. In fact, compliance with the regulations for the Recreational Groundfish Fishery has been high over the last few years.

Participation in the fishery this year was on par with previous years. In 2013, fishing activity was mainly centred on the northeast coast with some pockets of fishing throughout the rest of the island.

 

Participation in the fishery this year was on par with previous years. In 2013, fishing activity was mainly centred on the northeast coast with some pockets of fishing throughout the rest of the island.

 

 

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  • gord
    November 01, 2013 - 23:32

    Not so sure about this being accurate. Gov't employees this year have been understaffed, over worked and of most concern, stressed with work performance pressures. I as well as the public would like to believe fisher people are being safe and observing the rules.