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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 […]

NL Members meet with NL MP Caucus

On September 5, 2018, the NL-Based members of the Atlantic Groundfish Council (formerly GEAC) and Canadian Association of Prawn Producers were pleased to meet with the NL Members of Parliament in St. John’s, NL to discuss the importance of the fishery in the future of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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 […]