Gulf of St. Lawrence Herring Stocks Falling to Critical Level, say Federal Scientists
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC News] by Kevin Yarr - January 19, 2017
Even if there was a two-year hiatus in the spring herring fishery in the Gulf of St Lawrence, there would still be a 90 per cent chance the fish stocks would remain at critical levels, say scientists at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Despite the advice of its own scientists, Fisheries and Oceans Canada still allowed 2,000 tonnes of spring herring to be caught in 2016, and will allow the same this year.
Federal herring biologist Jenni McDermid said there is a risk of pushing these fish beyond the recovery point.
"With any stock I think if you set the quota too high...
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