Nfld. & Labrador

Summer recreational food fishery begins today

It's a day many look forward to - the opening of the summer recreational food fishery.
DFO reminds the public that the daily bag limits are the same as 2014: five groundfish per person, and 15 fish per boat. (CBC)

The 2015 summer recreational food fishery starts Saturday, and continues for three weeks, closing on Aug 9.

Patricia Williams with DFO told CBC the rules are the same as last year.

"There aren't any changes. We have the retention limit of five groundfish a day including cod," she said.

"If it's a circumstance of three or more people in a vessel, the maximum retention limit is 15 groundfish. And that same retention limit applies for tour boats as well."

Williams reminds the public that there's no highgrading, so fishers are not permitted to throw anything back.

She also encourages people to watch out for yellow and pink tags on some fish. Those tags can be given to DFO for cash and help with the department's science assessments.

Fishing is not permitted in the Eastport and Gilbert Bay Marine Protected Areas.

The fishery will reopen on Sept. 19 for nine days.

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