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Offshore draggers may access northern cod through the (Indigenous) back door

That’s right, while the first 115,000 tonnes of northern cod quota are reserved for the inshore fleet/Indigenous groups, it's possible Indigenous groups may be permitted to have offshore factory-freezer trawlers catch their share

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Here’s how DFO puts it: “Details on allocations and the management of those allocations for northern cod will not be established until a TAC (total allowable catch), and allocation are implemented.”

In other words — maybe. DFO isn't saying no.

As for the size of the Indigenous share (25% has been asked for), SEA-NL wrote about it here.

The offshore sector — represented by the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP), and the Atlantic Groundfish Council — has certainly been spending a boat load of time/millions of dollars on northern cod science dating back to 2015, with particular attention to migration patterns.

The offshore spent $8.5 million alone on a northern cod acoustic tracking project.

Do you suppose the offshore is spending that kind of cash will no hopes of taking part in a commercial fishery for northern cod?

It was only last year that Ocean Choice International christened the MV Calvert — the first factory-freezer groundfish trawler to join the Canadian offshore sector since the mid-1980s.

The key word being groundfish, which includes cod of course.

Where's the fish coming from, I wonder?

Give the offshore credit for being on the ball. It's high time the inshore got its act in gear.

Ryan Cleary,


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May I offer another comment about restoration of the North Atlantic fishery? My problem is, I don't know the readers and members interest. Talk of draggers coming back and unbelievably still being approved by Federal Fisheries approval, gives me the sad impression the efforts are more to continue the almost completion of the destruction of this God given Worlds largest fish banks, rather than any real restoration interest.

What did that great Banks produce per year just before the draggers arrived around 1965?

I did a study on that, and the average fish landings were 4,500,000 Million metric tons/year, averaged over 20 years. That is 9.9 Billion pounds average per year, When gutted, filleted, skinned, and head removed, you get…


I just noticed your fine organization, and noticed from my many years of keen interest in rebuilding the North Atlantic Fish grounds, that not near enough publicity has been presented to help with the restoration. It is so nice to be aware of your interests and your work. Your cod prices could be raised a tad to match what I paid for Iceland cod skinless and. boneless cod a few months ago. I paid 24.99/lb., at Sobeys here in Halifax. We never see our own cod available, except for salt cod pieces at 9.95/lb. So when you do your estimates on the North Atlantic Resource, I would suggest using two prices for cod. Yours and Iceland's, since they are our…

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