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Fisheries and Oceans Canada raises the striped bass bag limit in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and keeps the commercial quota the same

Published Apr 9, 2024

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada, under the leadership of Fisheries Minister Diane Lebouthillier, has opted not to implement a cull of the striped bass population in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence for the 2024 fishing season, despite the Atlantic Salmon Federation's calls for population reduction to support salmon smolt survival. The decision keeps the commercial fishery quota unchanged and slightly raises the recreational daily bag limit, amid concerns about the potential ecosystem consequences of a significant striped bass reduction. This choice reflects the complex balance of ecosystem management, taking into account reports of low salmon smolt survival rates due to striped bass predation in the Miramichi estuary, while also heeding scientific warnings about the possible unintended impacts of a cull.
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Fisheries and Oceans Canada will not seek to cull the striped bass population in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence. Fisheries Minister Diane Lebouthillier recently released a decision on commercial and recreational striped bass fishing regulations for 2024 that does not include measures to significantly reduce the species’ population. Earlier this year, the Atlantic Salmon Federation wrote Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) requesting that it significantly increase the commercial and recreational fisheries with a target of reducing the striped bass population by 80 per cent to 100,000 spawners. “There is a (salmon) smolt survival crisis in the Miramichi estuary,” reads a letter from the Atlantic Salmon Federation to the DFO committee tasked with advising the minister on striped bass management. “Smolt leave the river system at precisely the time when half a million predatory striped bass aggregate in the estuary to stage for spawning. During the last two springs (2022 and 2023), ...
Source: Saltwire
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