CBC News repost
Jul 04, 2022
1-year commercial cod moratorium ordered for northern Gulf of St. Lawrence
“On Monday, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Joyce Murray announced a one-year ban on directed commercial fishing in the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence in order to give young fish time to reach maturity.
In a news release, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union criticized the decision.
“Minister Murray’s decision further hurts this struggling region while continuing to let the real problem — seal overpopulation — spiral more and more out of control,” said FFAW-Unifor president Keith Sullivan.
Murray said grey seals as predators are likely a factor in the declining cod stocks.
She said she’s committed to working to achieve a better understanding of the impact of seals on fish stocks and looking at ways to develop the sealing industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.”