Notice to Recreational Anglers

Fisheries and Oceans Canada,
Gulf Region

Atlantic Salmon Recreational Fishing for the Gulf Region in 2021

Moncton, New Brunswick – April 15, 2021 - Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced today management measures for the 2021 recreational Atlantic salmon fishery in the Gulf Region.

The catch and release management measures for the recreational Atlantic salmon fishery will continue. As such, anglers are required to release all Atlantic salmon during the angling season. In addition, a barbless artificial fly must be used to fish for Atlantic salmon. These management measures will remain in place throughout the Gulf Region for 2021 to further protect Atlantic salmon.

The management measures for the Atlantic salmon recreational fishery in the Gulf Region are as follows:

New Brunswick

There is a catch and release limit of five (5) salmon per day during the spring fishery (April 15 to May 15) and a catch and release limit of two (2) salmon per day for the remainder of the fishing season for the Miramichi and Restigouche Rivers.

Beginning in 2021, all waters restricted to fly fishing will now be restricted to barbless artificial fly fishing. The water bodies impacted by this change were previously restricted to fly fishing (barbless or barbed) with an artificial fly only.

For information on Salmon Fishing Areas and angling seasons, please consult the Government of New Brunswick 2021 Fish Book.

Nova Scotia

During the salmon fishing season, there is a catch and release limit of four (4) salmon per day.

Starting in 2021, angling for Atlantic salmon is restricted to a barbless artificial fly.

Please consult the Summary of Salmon Fishing Regulations for additional information. The document is also available upon request with the purchase of an Atlantic salmon licence from a licence vendor, or by contacting the Inland Fisheries Division. Atlantic salmon licences can also be purchased online.

Prince Edward Island

During the salmon fishing season, there is a catch and release limit of two (2) salmon per day.

Starting in 2021, angling for Atlantic salmon is restricted to a barbless artificial fly, including during the extended season on the Morell and Mill Rivers.

For information on Salmon Fishing Areas and angling seasons, please consult the Prince Edward Island 2021 Angling Summary.

Development of a Precautionary Approach Management Framework

Work is ongoing to improve science and management for the Gulf Region’s key salmon rivers. The Department will continue the development of a management framework based on the Precautionary Approach for the recreational fishery, with a focus on the Miramichi River system in collaboration with Indigenous groups, the province and stakeholders. This work, as well as other initiatives to better coordinate research and science efforts, will guide future decision-making on the management of the recreational fishery.

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:

Mathieu Vienneau
Regional Senior Fisheries Management Officer
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Moncton, New Brunswick
506-875-5283