2013 Conservation Harvesting Plan Striped Bass Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence - Gulf Region

Approved April 30, 2013
Modified July 9, 2013

This conservation harvesting plan (CHP) applies to all recreational anglers fishing striped bass in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence in the waters adjacent to the Maritime Provinces during the period from May 1 to September 30 2013. Please note that this CHP is subject to change following ministerial decisions or annual review.

The conservation measures during the fishery are as follows:

Fishing Area

  1. Inland and tidal waters adjacent to the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence

Seasons

  1. May 1 to May 15, 2013 : season with retention
  2. May 16 to August 1, 2013 : season with mandatory release
  3. August 2 to August 11, 2013 : season with retention
  4. August 12 to September 30, 2013: season with mandatory release

Fishing Quota

  1. May 1 to May 15, 2013 : 1 striped bass per day
  2. May 16 to August 1, 2013 : 0 striped bass per day
  3. August 2 to August 11, 2013 : 1 striped bass per day
  4. August 12 to September 30, 2013: 0 striped bass per day

Possession Limits

  1. It is prohibited to possess at any time more than one striped bass during the fishing seasons with retention.

Lenght Restrictions

* The length is measured in a straight line from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail (total length)

  1. Minimum Lenght : 55 cm
  2. Maximum Lenght : 65 cm

Angling Method

  1. Angling as defined in the Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulation

Angling Restrictions

  1. Restrictions on night fishing
    1. It is authorized to angle for striped bass during the period beginning two hours before sunrise and ending two hours after sunset
  2. Restriction specific to the Miramichi River
    1. The use of a non-offset circular barbless hook is mandatory for anglers using gear with bait in the following waters of the Miramichi River in New Brunswick:
      1. From the Centennial Bridge on the Miramichi River, upstream to Doyle’s Brook on the Southwest Miramichi River
      2. The waters of the Northwest Miramichi River from the confluence with the Miramichi River and the Southwest Miramichi River upstream to the Red Bank / Sunny Corner highway bridge
  3. The Department encourages recreational anglers in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence to use a non-offset circular barbless hook when bait is used. This will help to reduce the mortality of fish that have been released

Creel census form

  1. DFO encourages the public’s participation in the collection of data on the southern Gulf striped bass population during the recreational fishery in 2013. A creel census form is available on the DFO Gulf Region Website for download. All census form must be filled and returned to Fisheries and Oceans at the latest on October 11, 2013 at the following address :

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    (Striped Bass data)
    PO Box 5030
    Moncton (N-B)
    E1C 9B6

  2. Creel census form