Categories: Local NewsNews

DFO expands Haida Gwaii closure of groundfish trawl and halibut fisheries

A pilot bottom-trawl closure has been expanded to include more areas in Queen Charlotte Sound.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) expanded seasonal closure is an temporary management measure intended to limit the harvest of spawning arrowtooth flounder and halibut.

In a fisheries notice Oct. 23 DFO stated an agreement had been reached between the Groundfish Trawl Advisory Committee and the Halibut Advisory Board to expand the closure from Nov. 1 until March 31 next year. The fishing locations are known as the Circle Tow by the groundfish trawl fleet and the 800 Line by the Halibut fleet.

The year-round pilot bottom-trawl closure was first implemented in March last year.

See the DFO notice on their website for coordinates of the expanded closure.

Quinn Bender, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Leave a Comment
Published by
Quinn Bender, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Recent Posts

Prince Rupert firefighters undertake intensive emergency medical responder training

Training for Prince Rupert firefighters will assist ambulance crews in emergencies

16 mins ago

Vancouver Island woman looking to hop into bigger space for bunny rescue operation

Amy McLaughlin has rescued more than 400 bunnies, pushing for the capacity to help more

16 mins ago

B.C.’s 1st case of COVID-19 confirmed a year ago today

Here’s a look at some of the key dates in the province’s fight against the…

2 hours ago

University of Victoria study shows stress impact on B.C. nurses

Stress may be impacting sleep, heart health of hospital nurses in Victoria region

2 hours ago

Search called off for small plane that went down in rough water south of Victoria

Plane bound for Port Angeles from Alaska believed to have one occupant, an Alaskan pilot

11 hours ago

Demko dynamite with 42 saves as Vancouver Canucks beat Ottawa 5-1

J.T. Miller adds 3 points in second straight win over Sens

11 hours ago