Canada: DFO raises striped bass bag limit in Gulf of St. Lawrence, keeps commercial quota the same

Published Apr 9, 2024

Tridge summary

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, under the leadership of Fisheries Minister Diane Lebouthillier, has opted not to proceed with a cull of the striped bass population in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence for the year 2024. This decision was made despite the Atlantic Salmon Federation's request for a significant reduction in the striped bass numbers to improve the survival rates of salmon smolt in the Miramichi estuary, where predation by striped bass has led to survival rates of less than five percent for tagged smolt in recent years. Instead of a cull, the minister has decided to maintain the current commercial fishery quota and slightly increase the recreational fishing daily bag limit, amid concerns from scientists about the potential negative impacts on the ecosystem from a substantial reduction in the striped bass population without clear evidence supporting the need for such an action.
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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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