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Salmon Harvest Reduction

NB Salmon Council Calls on Salmon Anglers to Voluntarily Reduce Harvest

In response to the looming threat of an increased harvest of wild Atlantic salmon off the coast of Greenland, the NB Salmon Council (NBSC) is calling upon recreational salmon anglers to voluntarily reduce or eliminate (and report on) their harvests on New Brunswick rivers during the 2013 season. This plea comes on the heels of recent meetings in Drogheda, Ireland where the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) failed to stop the factory sales of wild Atlantic salmon in Greenland and to set a cap on Greenland’s subsistence fishery.
The result is a Greenland fishery with a potential harvest of as much as 75 metric tons (tonnes) of large salmon, or about 22,000 large salmon, mostly of North American origin. This could be disastrous for salmon conservation efforts in Canada and the U.S. where wild Atlantic salmon are at or near their lowest levels in history, including endangered populations of the St. John River system, where efforts are underway to improve fish passage. During the NASCO meetings, Greenland argued that Canadian fisheries take many more fish annually than are harvested in the Greenland fishery, which begins in mid-August and usually runs until late October. In 2012, the combined harvest by recreational anglers and First Nations was estimated by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) to be 135 tonnes, whereas the Greenland fishery harvested 34 tonnes as a subsistence fishery that included 13 tonnes of factory sales.

“The Greenlanders have a valid point. How can Canada expect fishermen in Greenland to curtail their fisheries when their harvests are far outstripped by what is taken here in Canadian waters?” asks John Bagnall, President of the NBSC, a regional council of the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF). “The ASF is meeting with Canadian officials to impress upon them the importance of practising precautionary management and curtailing harvests in all salmon fisheries, especially where populations are not meeting spawning targets or where the health of salmon populations are unknown due to inadequate assessment, and we need to support them in that effort”, adds Bagnall.

To gain leverage in these negotiations, the NBSC is urging New Brunswick anglers to consider releasing all grilse that they catch during the 2013 season, which has just begun. “Although the majority of grilse are male in NB rivers, up to 40% of female salmon produced in some rivers mature after one winter at sea and return as grilse”, notes Bagnall, highlighting the increasing importance of female grilse to the population. “The NBSC looks to the angling community to help reduce the overall Canadian harvest by purchasing Live Release licenses or by simply choosing to kill fewer grilse this season than their tag allotment allows. Anglers must also make every effort to report their catch by completing DNR’s angler/creel survey.” “Negotiations to limit the Greenland harvest would also be helped if First Nations abandoned the use of gill nets and moved strictly to angling and trap-nets so that large spawners could be released”, noted Bagnall.
The New Brunswick Salmon Council, the provincial council of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, promotes the conservation and wise management of wild salmon and the ecosystems upon which they depend to thrive and survive through networking and partnerships with like-minded organizations. The NBSC is comprised of representatives from 29 affiliated salmon conservation groups in New Brunswick.
For more information or to interview an NBSC spokesperson, contact: John Bagnall, President.