The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says more people are following the rules when they partake in the recreational food fishery.

The numbers from this year's fishery have been tallied and things appear to be looking up.

Lloyd Slaney, chief of enforcement operations for Newfoundland with DFO, said violations came from inspections of more than 1,300 boats.

"There was a total of 55 violations detected this year. It's considerably better, I guess, than the last year. There was 76 violations last year," Slaney said.

Slaney said there will always be some people who try to cheat by taking more than their limit or trying to take multiple trips.

He said DFO has put a lot of effort into public education recently, and now those efforts appear to be paying off.