In surprise move, DFO extends Newfoundland 3PS cod fishery into spawning season
SEAFOOD.COM NEWS March 12, 2014 -
In a surprising move to many in the province's fishing industry, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada has extended the cod fishing season indefinitely for one area.
The fishery was scheduled to close on March 1, but DFO extended the date in the fishing zone known as 3PS, which covers much of the south coast of Newfoundland to at least the end of March.
The extension means south coast cod will be fished during the spawning season.
Dave Coffin, the resource manager for groundfish with DFO, said the department was responding to a request from the industry itself.
"They wanted to look at the quality of fish during that late winter, early spring period.Full Story »