Frequently Asked Questions on the Striped Bass Spawning ground angling closure in the Northwest Miramichi River in 2017 *Updated May 30, 2017

Here are the details on the closure of angling during the Striped bass spawning period in a portion of the Northwest Miramichi River which will be closed from June 1 to June 9 inclusively.

When large concentrations of Striped bass are demonstrating spawning behaviour, angling will be prohibited from the bridge in Red Bank downriver approximately 9.8 km to a line crossing the Northwest Miramichi River on a north/south axis from the point where the road 425 (Boom Road) meets Road 435 in Whitney, and defined by two points as indicated on the following map.

Legend: The map below shows a close up view of the Northwest Miramichi River in the Red Bank to Whitney area. The Red Bank-Sunny Corner bridge is visible on the lower left side of the map, and on the right side, the downstream boundary of the angling closure is indicated with a black line drawn between two points located 9.8 km downriver from the bridge. The zone that will be closed is marked in red. Coordinates of the two points defining the line are: 1) 46°58'1.017"/ -65°42'58.185" on the north shore; and 2) 46°57'41.712"/ -65°42'58.185" on the south shore (NAD 83).

Map shows a close up view of the Northwest Miramichi River in the Red Bank to Whitney area

Source: Natural Resources Canada

Question:

What is the location of the spawning ground closure?

 

Answer:

Recreational fishing will be prohibited from the bridge in Red Bank downriver approximately 9.8 km to a line crossing the Northwest Miramichi River on a north/south axis from the point where road 425 (Boom Road) meets Road 435 in Whitney.

Question:

When will the closure take place?

 

Answer:

The closure of angling for 2017 in the designated area of the Northwest Miramichi river will take place from June 1 to 9, 2017 inclusively.

The remainder of the Miramichi River system will be completely open to angling and for Striped bass retention during this period.

Question:

Why is this closure taking place?

 

Answer:

  • The reason for the closure is to achieve a balance between the increased retention opportunities under the 2017 fishing plan, and the need to ensure the continuous health of this stock and given the lack of information on the level of fishing effort for Striped bass across the southern Gulf.

DFO scientists and academia indicate the following facts to support this closure:

  • Striped bass in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence belong to a single population
  • Southern Gulf striped bass are only known to spawn successfully in the Northwest Miramichi year after year
  • The area from the Red Bank-Sunny Corner bridge downstream to the mouth of the North West Millstream is where DFO Science found that most of the spawning takes place

Conservation measures such as season closures during spawning also take place in the recreational Atlantic salmon fishery.