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Public asked for input on tag system for recreational fishery

['<p>Dan Doiron fillets a cod fish on a filleting table in Petty Harbour Saturday on the first day of the recreational cod fishery.&nbsp;</p>']
['<p>Dan Doiron fillets a cod fish on a filleting table in Petty Harbour Saturday on the first day of the recreational cod fishery.&nbsp;</p>']

People across Newfoundland and Labrador are being asked to provide their input on the idea of having a licence and tags system for the recreational ground fish fishery in the region.

Earlier this year, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced its intention to implement such a regime for the region for next year’s fishing season.

In an Oct. 27 news release, the department said the proposed licensing regime will be applicable to members of the general public, and to tour boat operators.

The department is now commencing a public consultations process to seek views on the both the proposed regulatory changes and the proposed management measures for the recreational groundfish fishery.  The consultation runs Nov. 1-30.

The public and industry will have a variety of methods via which they can provide comments to DFO:

Information on the proposed regulatory changes to provide for a recreational groundfish licence, and the associated management measures is available online on the Newfoundland and Labrador regional departmental website.

The website provides an option via which to submit written comments.

Comments, written submissions or any related questions can also be submitted directly to DFO via email, and any written feedback can be submitted to by mail to:

Recreational Groundfish Public Consultations,

Resource Management and Aboriginal Fisheries Fisheries and Oceans Canada,

P.O. Box 5667, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5X1.

Deadline for comments and formal submissions is Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Public meetings are also planned for several locations in the coming weeks:

Nov. 3, at the Capital Hotel, St. John¹s;

Nov.7, at the Clarenville Inn, Clarenville;

Nov 8 at the Albatross Hotel in Gander;

Nov. 9 at the Civic Centre in Corner Brook

Nov. 14 at the River Lodge Motel in Mary¹s Harbour.

All meetings are set for 7-9 p.m.

All members of the public are encouraged to attend these meetings, and there is no requirement to pre-register for the meetings.

Earlier this year, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced its intention to implement such a regime for the region for next year’s fishing season.

In an Oct. 27 news release, the department said the proposed licensing regime will be applicable to members of the general public, and to tour boat operators.

The department is now commencing a public consultations process to seek views on the both the proposed regulatory changes and the proposed management measures for the recreational groundfish fishery.  The consultation runs Nov. 1-30.

The public and industry will have a variety of methods via which they can provide comments to DFO:

Information on the proposed regulatory changes to provide for a recreational groundfish licence, and the associated management measures is available online on the Newfoundland and Labrador regional departmental website.

The website provides an option via which to submit written comments.

Comments, written submissions or any related questions can also be submitted directly to DFO via email, and any written feedback can be submitted to by mail to:

Recreational Groundfish Public Consultations,

Resource Management and Aboriginal Fisheries Fisheries and Oceans Canada,

P.O. Box 5667, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5X1.

Deadline for comments and formal submissions is Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Public meetings are also planned for several locations in the coming weeks:

Nov. 3, at the Capital Hotel, St. John¹s;

Nov.7, at the Clarenville Inn, Clarenville;

Nov 8 at the Albatross Hotel in Gander;

Nov. 9 at the Civic Centre in Corner Brook

Nov. 14 at the River Lodge Motel in Mary¹s Harbour.

All meetings are set for 7-9 p.m.

All members of the public are encouraged to attend these meetings, and there is no requirement to pre-register for the meetings.

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