Recreational cod fishing season set to start

The report states that groundfish fishery season for recreational fishermen started this weekend in all areas of Newfoundland and Labrador except in the Eastport and Gilbert Bay Marine Protected Areas (MPA). The authorities explain that the summer fishery will run from July 24-Aug. 15, with a fall fishery from Sept. 25-Oct. 3. As per the rules the recreational fishers are limited to five groundfish per day (including cod). However, the maximum boat limit when three or more people are fishing is 15 groundfish. This includes tour boats.

The authorities said that the fishery is open to both residents and non-residents, and there is no requirement for licences or tags. No fishers will be allowed to retain Atlantic halibut and Spotted and Northern wolfish. Sculpins and cunners may be released. All other groundfish caught must be retained, and high-grading of groundfish is not permitted. The official said that all fish caught must be retained in an identifiable state. Fish may be bled, gutted and split while at sea, but further processing such as filleting and skinning at sea is not permitted.

As far as the method and gear is concern only angling gear and handlines with a maximum of three hooks are permitted. 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.