One-year closure of the commercial cod fishery in the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence

FREDERICTON – The federal fisheries minister has announced a year-long closure to the commercial cod fishery in the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Joyce Murray says cod stocks in the region are at risk of serious damage and the closure is needed to rebuild them.

In a statement, Murray says the one-year management plan will allow young fish in the stock to mature.

She says that because of the cultural significance of cod to residents of Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, a recreational fishery will continue with a regulated season and daily limits.

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers union says it is deeply disappointed with the year-long closure and says it is hurting a struggling region.

The union says the Fisheries Minister continues to let the real problem – seal overpopulation – spiral out of control.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 4, 2022.

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