2010 Atlantic salmon management measures announced

Staff ~ The Telegram
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This year is the fourth of the current multi-year (2007-11) Integrated Fisheries Management Plan for Atlantic salmon.
In a news release today, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced the angling season dates for insular Newfoundland and for Labrador remain unchanged from 2009:
• Insular Newfoundland - all rivers are open from Tuesday, June 1 to Tuesday, Sept. 7.
• Labrador - all rivers are open from Tuesday, June 15 to Wednesday, Sept. 15.
• A fall fishery on the Gander River, Exploits River and Humber River is permitted from Wednesday, Sept. 8 to Thursday, Oct. 7.
Salmon caught in coastal areas of Newfoundland and Labrador cannot be retained. Environmental protocols will continue to be set aside for 2010, however, DFO will still close rivers in instances of extreme environmental conditions.
DFO advises of several adjustments to the plan for 2010:
• Similar to 2009, there will be a mid-season review process of returns to determine if enough fish have passed through the Grand Falls fishway to allow a retention fishery on the main stem of the mid-Exploits River.
• Closure of the section of the Witless Bay River from the existing dam to a point 25 meters downstream.
• Southwest River and Salmon Brook be managed independently from Northwest River and open as Class III (two-fish retention).
All other management measures will remain the same as in 2009.
In addition, effective 2011, retention of large salmon in the recreational fishery in Labrador will no longer be permitted.
Details on the regulations pertaining to bag limits, river classification, closed areas and special management areas are contained in the 2010-2011 Angler's Guide which is available in booklet form or online at www.nfl.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/anglersguide.

Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Atlantic, Exploits River Gander River Humber River Grand Falls Witless Bay River

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