NB salmon policy

A demand from New Brunswick salmon anglers is being addressed: moving to a river-by-river management system that would allow some anglers to keep their catch again.

Federal fisheries minister Dominic LeBlanc says it’s too early to say if anglers will be allowed to keep juvenile salmon on the Miramichi and Restigouche Rivers.

LeBlanc told the Brunswick News that the department is not in a position to go authoritatively toward a river-by-river management system, but that’s where he’d like to get.

Sales of salmon angling licences to locals dropped by nearly half over the last two years.

Scientists in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans have recommended that no juvenile salmon be taken from the rivers because not enough of them have been returning from sea.