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e-4781 (Fisheries)

Initiated by Graham Wood from Lewisporte, Newfoundland and Labrador

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • The recreational cod season in the last several years has provided for 39 days on which cod fish could be retained by recreational fishers and tourism operators in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Northern cod has recently been deemed to be a recovering stock and is no longer assessed to be in the critical zone and commercial catch rates are many times higher than historically;
  • Providing three days per week in summer and ten days in the fall creates an urgency amongst participants to go fishing when the weather causes safety and access issues; and
  • The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has delayed the announcement of the recreational cod fishery dates and regulations, until late June, in recent years, thereby disadvantaging fishers and tourists in scheduling their vacations to participate in such fishery.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons and the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard to:
1. Instate a recreational cod fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador which allows for retention of cod, every day from July 1 through to October 1, with recreational fishers being allowed to retain five cod fish per day, with a limit of 20 fish per boat per day, and tourist licensed operators being allowed to retain two cod fish per tourist per day; and
2. Mandate that the Minister announce the season dates and regulations by May 1 of each year.
Open for signature
January 29, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
February 28, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Clifford Small (Coast of Bays—Central—Notre Dame)
March 22, 2024 (Petition No. 441-02262)
Photo - Clifford Small
Coast of Bays—Central—Notre Dame
Conservative Caucus
Newfoundland and Labrador