As DFO releases annual science update on Northern Cod, Atlantic Groundfish Council members are focused on aiding stock recovery through world class cod acoustic tracking project

Today, the updated science assessment for the iconic Northern Cod stock (zone 2J3KL) was presented to industry and stakeholders by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.  The assessment demonstrated that the stock has been holding steady since 2017 and is projecting some growth in the near future. “The projected stock growth is encouraging but also […]

Industry takes unprecedented action, withdraws from Canadian Delegation for 3Ps cod negotiations with France, citing inability to support position taken by DFO

(March 23, 2021 – St. John’s, NL) – The Atlantic Groundfish Council has taken an unprecedented step in reaction to the Government of Canada’s stated intent to implement a moratorium on directed fishing of the 3Ps cod stock. Industry participants were informed of this position just days before bilateral negotiations with France were set to […]

Atlantic Groundfish Council recommends rollover of total allowable catch for south coast cod

Today, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) held its annual Groundfish Advisory Council meeting where industry stakeholders discuss a variety of groundfish stocks, including 3Ps cod located off the south coast of Newfoundland. “The Atlantic Groundfish Council’s recommendation for the 2021-2022 3Ps cod fishery is a rollover of the 2020-2021 total allowable catch […]

Atlantic Groundfish Council remains committed to responsible harvesting and optimistic about the long-term future of the south coast cod fishery

This year, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) issued a presentation deck in lieu of a technical briefing on the latest science assessment for the 3Ps cod stock, located off the south coast of Newfoundland. This is an important fishery for members of the Atlantic Groundfish Council and to rural economies. Although the offshore […]

Atlantic Groundfish Council Reiterates Commitment to Sustainable Recovery of Northern Cod

Year-round harvesters caution that 2020 catch should be limited to 2019 catch of 10,000mt (April 22, 2020 – St. John’s, NL) – The industry group that represents year-round groundfish harvesters across Atlantic Canada is reacting to the 2020 Northern Cod (2J3KL) science assessment released by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) on Friday. While […]

Statement from the Canadian Association of Prawn Producers and the Atlantic Groundfish Council on their response to the evolving COVID-19 situation

“Our members have proactively prepared for the impact of COVID-19 for all aspects of their operations including the vessels, and plants and offices through to market distribution. They want to ensure that employees are protected and healthy, applying screening protocols, restricting access to only employees and essential contractors, and preparing to implement emergency response plans. […]

Constant attempts to destroy livelihoods of Newfoundland and Labrador offshore harvesters by FFAW Executive is unacceptable

FFAW Executive proposal asks DFO for 100% reduction to local offshore harvesters’ allocation, while suggesting a 40% cut for French harvesters. (January 14, 2020 – St. John’s, NL) – Following a concerning science update from DFO on south coast cod last week, instead of focusing on a stable and reasonable path forward for the industry, […]

Sudden Shift in DFO’s Scientific Interpretation of NL South Coast Cod Stock Could Have A Concerning Ripple Effect on Industry and Communities

Year-round harvesters remain committed to resource sustainability and reducing catch as necessary, but are raising concerns with drastic changes in approach in new assessment model (January 8, 2020 – St. John’s, NL) – Today, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) held a technical briefing on the latest science assessment for the 3Ps cod stock, […]

BACKGROUNDER: Concerns with Sudden Shift in 3Ps Cod Assessment Model

Limit Reference Point (LRP) and the Precautionary Approach Framework To understand the issues with the sudden shift in interpretation of science, it is important to know what the Limit Reference Point is, and how it fits into the Precautionary Framework’s Critical, Cautious and Healthy Zones. Uncertainty of the new 3Ps stock assessment model The health […]