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Posts tagged with ‘fishing’ (11)

Catch-and-release policy to remain in effect for Maritime Atlantic salmon

Posted by Nicole Rutherford in Wildlife on Monday, April 18, 2016

An Atlantic salmon leaping in northern Newfoundland. Maritime salmon stocks have become seriously depleted over the past decade, and conservation groups say current catch-and-release policies don't go far enough. (Photo: Tom Moffatt/Atlantic Salmon Federation)

For the second year in a row, anglers casting for Atlantic salmon in the Maritimes will be operating under a federally regulated catch-and-release policy designed to prevent the already dangerously low population of the fish from decreasing further.

“Atlantic salmon is an iconic species and part of the culture, economy and history of Atlantic Canada. As such, conservation of Atlantic salmon is paramount,” said Fisheries and Oceans Minister Hunter Tootoo in an April 13 release. “This decision, ...

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How Asian carp could become Lake Erie's most common fish

Posted by Amanda Pereira in Wildlife on Thursday, March 17, 2016

An invasive Asian carp leaps out of the water to escape biologists’ nets in Missouri. The fish could soon become the most common in Lake Erie. (Photo: Steve Hillebrand/USFWS/Wikimedia Commons)

Asian carp, an invasive species, are migrating toward the Great Lakes and could one day become the most common fish in Lake Erie.

Here, Marc Gaden, communications director and legislative liaison for the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, explains some of the economic and ecological consequences of the species establishing itself in the Great Lakes.

On why this might be happening
Asian carp are invasive, and they’re trying to expand their range, just like invaders do. Lake Erie has plenty of ...

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How Canada is fighting illegal fishing

Posted by Guest Blogger in Wildlife on Friday, March 20, 2015

Canada's Operation High Seas Driftnet was first launched in 1993, and contributed to enforcing the United Nations’ moratorium on the use of high seas driftnets. This is the kind of vessel that the operation looks for. (Photo: courtesy Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

By: Nathalie Trépanier, Senior Communications Advisor, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

“People don’t always realize how truly vast the ocean is,” says Judy Dwyer, director of enforcement operations at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). But although the ocean can appear limitless, she notes that its resources are not.

For conservation and protection officers, protecting those resources can take on many different forms. Illegal fishing is one of the greatest challenges to ensuring ...

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Canadian Geographic goes ice fishing

Posted by Aaron Kylie in Travel on Friday, February 20, 2015

Canadian Geographic editor Aaron Kylie with a 73.66-centimetre-long walleye caught through the ice on Lake Winnipeg near Matlock, Man., on Feb. 18, 2015. (Photo: Javier Frutos)
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At first brush, ice fishing near the south shore of Lake Winnipeg in the middle of February during an Environment Canada extreme cold warning may not sound like a high-adrenalin, high-five inducing activity — but it is. When it takes just five minutes to land a big, 63.5-centimetre-long walleye for which the area is famous, your blood gets pumping and you start jonesing for another. Yes, ice fishing is addictive.

My excursion out on the so-called “hardwater” of Lake Winnipeg was the first event ...

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UBC research supports ban on high seas fishing

Posted by Jordanna Tennebaum in Wildlife on Monday, February 16, 2015

Rashid Sumaila, the director of the UBC Fisheries Economics Research Unit. (Photo: Martin Dee)

Shutting off the high seas to commercial fishing might be an economically and environmentally sound option for the world’s fisheries and maritime nations, according to new research from the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Director of the UBC Fisheries Economics Research Unit Rashid Sumaila led the study on the high seas fishing industry, and states that international waters should be protected much like a global fish bank. Sumaila began the project in 2012, and presented this weekend at ...

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