Notice to Recreational Anglers

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Gulf Region

New Conservation Measures for Atlantic salmon Recreational Angling in the Gulf Region

Moncton, NB – June 15, 2015 - Fisheries and Oceans Canada wishes to inform the public of important changes in the management of Atlantic salmon recreational angling in the Gulf Region for 2015. These management measures will be evaluated and addressed as required based on the 2015 salmon population returns before the start of the 2016 angling season.

The new conservation measures in the Atlantic salmon recreational fishery are the following:

New Brunswick

  • The yearly fishing quota for small salmon (grilse) will be reduced from four to zero in the Atlantic salmon recreational fishery. It is now mandatory to release all Atlantic salmon during the angling season;
  • The use of an artificial fly with single barbless hook is now required in rivers and streams where it was already mandatory to use an artificial fly to angle.

Nova Scotia

  • The yearly fishing quota for small salmon (grilse) will be reduced from two to zero in the Atlantic salmon recreational fishery. It is now mandatory to release all Atlantic salmon during the angling season;
  • The use of an artificial fly with single barbless hook is now required in rivers and streams where it was already mandatory to use an artificial fly to angle.

Prince Edward Island

  • The use of an artificial fly with single barbless hook is now required in rivers and streams where it was already mandatory to use an artificial fly to angle.

The management measures announced today will help with the efforts of achieving conservation objectives for Atlantic salmon in the Gulf Region.

What is an artificial fly with a single barbless hook?

  • It’s an artificial fly tied or mounted on a single hook that was manufactured without barbs or on a single hook that has had its barbs either completely removed or pressed against the shaft of the hook so that the barbs are rendered non-functional.

To report any suspicious fishing activity, please contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

For more information on this fishery, please contact:

Pierre Bélanger
Regional Senior Fisheries Management Officer
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Moncton, New Brunswick
(506) 851-2002