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DFO’s approach to area closures risks amplifying negative impacts on fishing industry

GEAC seeks solutions that minimize affect on fishing industry St. John’s – The Government of Canada is working towards an international commitment to protect 10% of its marine areas by 2020. The Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC), which represents large-vessel groundfish harvesters in Atlantic Canada, understands and accepts that commitment.  GEAC, along with other industry groups, […]

Unit 1 and 2 Redfish: Making the Most of the Future

Units 1 and 2 Redfish is a good news story.  As recently as 2010, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) recommended the species in this stock be listed as endangered and threatened.  Fortunately, favorable environmental conditions from 2011 to 2013 allowed extraordinary recruitment.  With millions of tonnes of mostly juvenile […]

BACKGROUNDER – A Comparison of Icelandic Cod and Northern Cod Considers All Removals

The left graph compares the fishery mortality (or TAC- total allowable catch) to Spawning Stock Biomass (SSB) in NL vs Iceland. However, it excludes natural mortality of each stock, which significantly changes the health of the stock and consequently, the acceptable fishery removals. Natural mortality for Northern Cod is much higher than that of Icelandic […]

DFO Decrease in Northern Cod Catch Falls Short of Precautionary Approach

St. John’s – Late yesterday afternoon, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced the 2018 catch limit for the 2J3KL Northern Cod Stewardship (commercial) fishery to be 9,500 mt. It’s a reduction of about 25% from 2017. While some groups were advocating for minimal changes in 2018, the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC), recommended that […]

Backgrounder – Differences between Icelandic Cod & Northern Cod

Comparing the harvest rate of Northern Cod with that of Icelandic Cod is highly inappropriate and misleading. The natural mortality of the two stocks are drastically different: Assumed natural mortality of Icelandic Cod is 0.2. Natural mortality of Northern Cod is almost 4 times higher at 0.74 (as per DFO technical briefing, March 2018). As […]

Canadian Industry Partnership Seeks MSC Sustainability Certification for Greenland Halibut (Turbot) Fishery

St. John’s, NL, Canada – Today, four leading industry associations announced that Acoura Fisheries will be conducting an assessment of the NAFO areas 0A, 0B and 2+3KLMNO Canadian Greenland halibut (turbot) trawl and gillnet fishery against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for sustainable fisheries. An MSC certificate will further demonstrate the commitment of Canadian […]

Northern Cod: Focusing on Facts and Science to Protect the Future

In March, word of a single-year 30% decline in Northern Cod attracted the attention of media, scientists and environmental groups from around the globe.  The world was clearly watching Canada’s management of this stock. It was quite telling to see how various stakeholders responded. From a scientific perspective, I was disappointed but not surprised with […]

World-class acoustic research to launch on iconic Northern Cod resource

Brussels, Belgium – A world-class, offshore acoustic tracking project will soon see an array of acoustic receivers deployed in waters off Eastern Canada, and acoustic tags will be placed on Northern Cod soon after, thanks to work taking place in the Northern Cod Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) led by two industry associations. The movement of cod […]

GEAC calls on DFO to reduce Northern Cod catch to promote its recovery for the future

St. John’s – The Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC) has called upon the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to take decisive action to help protect and rebuild the iconic Northern Cod Stock by proposing a reduction of over 50% in catch. “Since 2016, GEAC has repeatedly expressed concerns about aggressive increases in the Northern Cod […]

Year-round harvesters continue to urge DFO to adopt a more precautionary approach for Northern Cod

Recent catch levels authorized by DFO are too aggressive for this declining stock that is deep within its critical zone St. John’s – This week, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released its 2018 science assessment for 2J3KL cod, also known as Northern Cod. The 29% single-year decline in spawning stock biomass (SSB) is extremely […]