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Council Calls for Greater Striped Bass Harvest in Miramichi Estuary - Cites ASF Studies

Aug 30/2018

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Message from DFO regarding the Atlantic Salmon Regulations 

Good afternoon,

At the time I write this message, no decision regarding the Atlantic salmon fisheries in New Brunswick or in the Gulf Region has been announced yet for 2018. Please be informed that the Atlantic salmon recreational fisheries will start April 15 in New Brunswick (where open for black salmon fishing) under last year’s fishing measures, that are still in effect, until further notice.


Frédéric Butruille

A/Regional Senior Fisheries Management Officer / Agent régional principal de gestion des pêches p.i.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada / Pêches et Océans Canada
Moncton, NB
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Released March 7/2018

“We congratulate NB Power on the opening of their salmon pre-smolt, smolt and kelt collection and by-pass facility at the Tobique Narrows Dam.  Thanks also to DFO.  The facility will be a huge boost to restoring salmon to the upper St. John River.  The NBSC was instrumental in lobbying for the construction of this facility.  Now on to implementing effective upstream and downstream passage at all other dams in the system and towards restoring salmon to their historic range including the Aroostook River.  The photos here are from the opening of the facility on November 20, 2017.”

PDF of Pictures

For Immediate Release March 7, 2018

On February 14th and 15th, interest groups from the Restigouche River Watershed gathered together for the 4th annual Salmon Summit. Listuguj Fisheries, in partnership with the Gespe’gewaq Mi’gmaq Resource Council (GMRC) and the Restigouche River Watershed Management Council hosted a two-day workshop in Campbellton, New Brunswick. The goal of the workshop was to strengthen relationships between all interested parties, as they moved forward in a united fashion, for Restigouche River Atlantic Salmon. 
Dr. Alistair Bath, a human dimension’s in wildlife resource management expert, facilitated the workshop. Dr. Bath, from Memorial University, has over 35 years of experience bringing together groups around the world. “I think the group really focused on a lot of common ground and there are a lot of things that are really positive to move forward,” said Dr. Bath. “Governments really listen if a diverse group of interest can actually reach an agreement. I have had ministers of environment not change words of single management plans because, why pick a side when there is a diverse group that has agreed on something, let’s just accept that.”
During the two-day workshop, the groups planned ways to continue working together in a positive manner and strengthening their relationship. The groups formulated a vision statement during the workshop and it aims at “fostering relationships built on mutual respect of diverse cultures to enhance Atlantic salmon and its habitat for future generations.” 
Science Director, Carole-Anne Gillis says, “The salmon is the one that brings us all together. We all care for it. It is what binds us even though there have been conflicts. No matter the differences in ways of knowing, we create a respectful space to learn from another. Locally, we strive to continue building these meaningful relationships. 
If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with biologist Carole-Anne Gillis please call 1-418-750-5314 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The NBSC releases the following documents in regard to the Striped Bass and Atlantic Salmon recreational fisheries.

Striped bass harvest regulations position


Proposed Tagging System for the Miramichi River Atlantic Salmon Sport Fishery to Encourage Harvest of Healthiest Stocks

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Doc #2

NBSC Salmon harvest Position

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