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BACKGROUNDER – Association of Seafood Producers-Atlantic Groundfish Council Fisheries Improvement Project

Fishery Improvement Projects When a fish population is not at a level where it can be certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) provide a clear workplan that leads to the development and implementation of a more sustainable fishery. In some cases, this work may include achieving better population […]

Atlantic Groundfish Council proposes a simple, predictable and patient approach to Northern Cod catch limits

(April 11, 2019 – St. John’s, NL) – This week, the Atlantic Groundfish Council submitted a proposal for the Northern Cod (2J3KL) Stewardship Fishery that would provide predictability for fishery participants and signal to world markets that Canada is committed to the sustainable recovery of the iconic stock. In past years when assessments predicted modest […]

Atlantic Groundfish Council emphasizes the need for patience following the 2019 Northern Cod stock assessment

(April 2, 2019 – St. John’s, NL) – The industry group that represents year-round groundfish harvesters across Atlantic Canada is encouraged by the recent Northern Cod (2J3KL) stock assessment update from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). “The Atlantic Groundfish Council has a maintained an unwavering commitment to the return of a strong and […]

DFO decision on south coast cod fishery is consistent with principles of sustainable fisheries resource management and protects market access

(January 11, 2018 – St. John’s, NL) – Today, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced the closure of the 3Ps cod fishery (off the South Coast of Newfoundland) to the inshore fleet for the 2018-2019 season. The inshore sector has landed over 99% of its allocated catch and is expected to reach its […]

Industry Association unveils new name, brand, echoing commitment to the future of the fishery in Atlantic Canada

Today, on the eve of its biannual meeting, the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC) unveiled its new name, the Atlantic Groundfish Council®. The rebrand includes a new website and tagline Responsibly Harvesting for Tomorrow, emphasizing the association’s commitment to a balanced, sustainable groundfish industry that puts the responsible management of the resource first and foremost. […]

Northern Cod FIP Joint Meeting

On November 27, 2018, the Northern Cod Acoustic Tracking Project held its first joint meeting with the Steering and Technical Committees in St. John’s, NL. The project is a key part of the Northern Cod (2J3KL) Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) led by the Atlantic Groundfish Council (formerly GEAC) and the Association of Seafood Producers. The […]

Marks & Spencer visits NL

In November 2018, Marks & Spencer (M&S), multinational retailer and buyer of Newfoundland cod, visited Newfoundland and Labrador. During their time in NL, Steve McLean, Head of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries (left) and Hannah Macintyre, Fisheries & Aquaculture Manager (center) attended briefings with officials with Atlantic Groundfish Council, as well as science and resource management […]

Backgrounder: Important facts on spawning and “pre-spawning aggregations”

Accusations that our sector fishes during the spawning season have been verified to be completely false by DFO. In DFO’s stock assessment of NAFO subdivision 3Ps cod, page 4 of each document clearly identifies spawning season as late March to early June. This fishery is open to all sectors through February. (See and […]