Uncontrolled Seal Population Biggest Threat to Declining Gulf Cod Stock – FFAW UNIFOR statement

Uncontrolled Seal Population Biggest Threat to Declining Gulf Cod Stock – FFAW UNIFOR statement

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“June 13, 2019

Yesterday evening, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced the management plan for some groundfish species in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, including the total allowable catch (TAC) for 3Pn4RS cod. The TAC for cod has been set at 1000 tonnes for a two-year period, which is a 68% reduction from the previous season as a result of a declining biomass. FFAW-Unifor is calling on DFO to take action to control the overpopulation of seals as well as to better understand the significant impact seal predation is having on several important fish species around our province.

“For too long DFO has sat idle while evidence mounts that an overpopulation of seals is having a grave impact on important fish species in Newfoundland and Labrador and throughout Atlantic Canada. DFO does not consider important information on species predation that could significantly impact the health of these stocks, and this lack of understanding and action is hurting fish harvesters and coastal communities,” says FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan.”

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