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Management decision for Newfoundland and Labrador’s Northern cod Stewardship Fishery

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador - Cod is culturally and economically important to the people in Newfoundland and Labrador. Fisheries and Oceans Canada understands the heavy responsibility of fishery decisions, and the very real impact they have on the livelihoods of Canadians. When making decisions we consider the best available scientific advice, stakeholder input as well as economic impact.

Established in 2006, the cod Stewardship fishery enables a limited fishery by the inshore fleet to continue so that the Government of Canada can obtain a better understanding of the stock.  

Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Joyce Murray, announced that the maximum authorized harvest level for the 2022 Northern cod Stewardship Fishery (2J3KL) on the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador will remain the same as last year (12,999 tonnes) in an effort to continue to allow for the regeneration of the stock.

Included in this amount, 2,600t has been set aside for harvesters fishing in 2J (off Labrador). This recognizes the unique challenges faced by harvesters in this area including poor weather conditions, travelling further to fish, and reductions in other commercial fisheries in 2022.   

Our decisions aim to keep our oceans healthy while allowing access to this important resource to support economic opportunities in communities.

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