Notice to Recreational Anglers

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Gulf Region

Temporary closure of angling to all species on a part of the Restigouche River

Moncton, New Brunswick – August 12, 2021 - Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) wishes to inform the public that angling will be closed in a portion of the Restigouche River starting at 11:00 a.m. and until 6:00 a.m. the next morning, every day until further notice, due to high water temperatures. This closure will start Friday, August 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. and will remain in place until conditions improve, as per the strategy implemented in 2019 in cooperation with local partners to respond to warm water conditions.

Here are the impacted portions of the Restigouche River;

  • Restigouche River, from a line drawn from grid reference 19 T 662058E 5317411N to grid reference 19 T 662048E 5318449N at Morrissey Rock upstream to the junction with the Kedgwick River. (North American Datum 1927)

Atlantic salmon is a cold water species. During times of warm waters, Atlantic salmon experience temperature-related stress or exhaustion, which can cause death. Research has shown that when the minimum water temperature stays above 20°C, Atlantic salmon struggle to recover from stressful events and can experience elevated rates of mortality. As such, an agreement has been developed by DFO in cooperation with partners, to address the harmful effects of catch and release angling in times of warm waters. The agreement uses established temperature thresholds to guide angling restrictions. When the water temperature in the Restigouche River reaches established thresholds, a consultation process between DFO and partners is triggered in order to either restrict angling or lift restrictions depending on the case.

Another notice will be issued on the Fisheries and Oceans Canada regional Internet site to indicate when angling reopens to normal hours, once conditions have improved.

Please refer to Gulf Variation Order 2021-088 for further details. The Orders Registry is available online at: Orders Registry - Order summaries for existing fisheries.

To report any suspicious fishing activity, please contact the nearest Conservation and Protection detachment in the Gulf Region or 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