Atlantic Groundfish Council awaiting details of Unit 1 redfish decision, focused on maximizing Canada’s position in a highly competitive global market

Last Friday, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced a long-awaited decision on the reopening of the commercial redfish fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, known as Unit 1 Redfish. At this stage, the Atlantic Groundfish Council and its members are awaiting more information on the decision to better understand […]

L’Atlantic Groundfish Council en attente de détails sur la décision du sébaste de l’unité 1, axée sur la maximisation de la position du Canada dans un marché mondial hautement concurrentiel

Vendredi dernier, l’honorable Diane Lebouthillier, la ministre des Pêches et des Océans du Canada, a annoncé une décision longtemps attendue au sujet de la réouverture de la pêche commerciale du sébaste dans le golfe du Saint-Laurent, connu sous le nom de Sébaste de l’unité 1. À ce stade, l’Atlantic Groundfish Council et ses membres attendent […]

Atlantic Groundfish Council emphasizing sustainability and the gradual rebuilding of south coast cod stock

Today, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) held a technical briefing on the latest science assessment for the 3Ps cod stock, located off the south coast of Newfoundland. This briefing will be followed up by Groundfish Advisory Committee meetings in January, where industry stakeholders will further discuss the stock with DFO before Canada and France meet […]

AGC Welcomes More Positive Perspective of Northern Cod Status

Today, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) held a briefing on the latest scientific review of the 2J3KL Northern cod stock off the northeast coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. The review used a wider suite of data and a more complete timeline, which resulted in a revised Limit Reference Point (LRP) for this iconic stock. Under […]

Atlantic Groundfish Council Announces New President

August 21, 2023 (Halifax) – Alberto Wareham, incoming Chairman of the Atlantic Groundfish Council (AGC), announced today that Ms. Sylvie Lapointe has been appointed as the new President of the Council. Ms. Lapointe will attend the Council’s biannual general membership meeting being held in Halifax this week. Sylvie has a Bachelor of Law from the […]

Atlantic Groundfish Council Announces New Director of Fisheries Management and Science

Vanessa Byrne has been named Director of Fisheries Management and Science for the Atlantic Groundfish Council (AGC).  Having grown up in a small community in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, and recalling the effects of the cod moratorium, Vanessa has been interested in sustainable fisheries ever since. She carries a deep-rooted passion for ensuring that […]

Year-round harvesting sector echoes optimism and commitments to the future of the seafood industry at annual meeting in St. John’s

Yesterday, members of the Atlantic Groundfish Council gathered in St. John’s, NL to discuss challenges and priorities for the coming months and years. The Council membership is comprised of primarily family-owned businesses with quota shares in groundfish fisheries, and are united by a deep commitment to responsible and sustainable harvesting. “Our members are uniquely positioned […]

Iconic Northern Cod’s ‘Fishery Improvement Project’ Continues

(April 26, 2022 – Barcelona, Spain) – Stakeholders met in Barcelona yesterday to discuss the ongoing Northern Cod ‘Fishery Improvement Project’ (FIP). Stakeholders include Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), Marks & Spencer and Youngs Seafoods from the United Kingdom, Sysco France, High Liner Foods from Canada/United States, and producer organizations in Canada, including Ocean Choice International, […]

BACKGROUNDER: Northern Cod Acoustic Tracking Project (April 2022 Update)

Research Plan In 2016, the ASP-AGC Northern Cod Acoustic Tracking (NCAT) Project was developed to identify and address gaps in our understanding of the Northern Cod complex, with the goal of improving long-term management of the stock. Six fundamental questions (determined via thorough review of available literature and in-depth input from DFO scientists) form the […]

Atlantic Groundfish Council applauds outcome of Canada/France fisheries meeting

(April 6, 2022 – St. John’s, NL) – The Atlantic Groundfish Council, which represents the offshore groundfish sector in Atlantic Canada, applauds the fisheries agreement reached by Canada and France. In particular, the two governments agreed to keep the 2022-2023 total allowable catch (TAC) for the cod fishery off the south coast of Newfoundland (area […]