Management Measures for Newfoundland and Labrador’s Recreational Groundfish Fishery Released

News release

June 17, 2022

St. John’s, NL - Northern cod is culturally, economically and historically important to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Government of Canada is committed to responsibly managing stocks to ensure the sustainability of fish species so it can support sustainable fisheries now and for future generations.

Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Joyce Murray announced the Newfoundland and Labrador recreational groundfish fishery will open again this season for 39 days.

This year, the fishery will be spread throughout the summer and fall to give recreational harvesters more opportunities to safely participate in the fishery.

  • The recreational fishery will take place every Saturday, Sunday and Monday from July 2 to September 5 and from September 24 to October 2.
  • As in previous years, individuals are allowed a daily bag limit of five groundfish per day.
  • A maximum boat limit of 15 fish applies when three or more people are fishing.   

Our oceans are vital to the livelihoods of communities across Canada. We want to keep our oceans healthy, so we can grow the fisheries sustainably, and create more opportunities for coastal communities. We recognize the importance of recreational fisheries and the economic spin-off they create.


“I’ve been lucky to visit Newfoundland and Labrador a number of times, and I understand the historic cultural attachment that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have to cod. The Recreational Groundfish Fishery will remain the same as last year, and for those participating, please stay safe, check the weather before you go, and have fun!”

The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard


Claire Teichman
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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