Angler's Guide 2020-2021

DFO Angling Enforcement Efforts for Salmon and Trout (NL)

Getting out on a river or pond in pursuit of Atlantic salmon or trout is a tradition for many anglers in Newfoundland and Labrador.

In an effort to safeguard these valued resources, fishery officers and fishery guardians with the Conservation and Protection Division of DFO routinely conduct patrols, surveillance and investigations on coastal and inland waters.

Although most anglers are respectful of the regulations, not everyone is observant of the rules. This is where fishery officers and fishery guardians, who are tasked with the responsibility for ensuring compliance and enforcement of recreational fisheries, get involved.

In 2019, approximately 57,000 hours were spent on salmon and trout enforcement. Additional compliance and enforcement efforts were provided by Aboriginal inland fisheries enforcement programs.

During the 2019 angling season, a total of 142 salmon and trout violations were detected as a result of DFO’s enforcement efforts. These include charges laid, warnings, seizures from persons unknown (e.g. abandoned nets), and cases that are still under investigation.. A total of 18 salmon nets, 21 salmon, 8 rods and reels, 1 vehicle and 4 vessels were seized.

DFO receives valuable information from the public and other enforcement agencies, as well as partners. DFO’s association with Crime Stoppers aids in encouraging the public to report poaching and other illegal activity on the rivers. Callers are anonymous and tipsters can earn a cash reward if the tip leads to a conviction.

In 2019, Crime Stoppers Newfoundland and Labrador received 77 tips from the public about illegal fishing activity, 16 of which were directly related to salmon and trout. These tips are an invaluable source of information for fishery officers and guardians, and sometimes lead to charges being laid and convictions being handed down by the courts.

Crime Stoppers can be reached anonymously by calling: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by texting TIP190 + message to 274637 (CRIMES), or by submitting a tip on-line at Crime Stoppers Newfoundland & Labrador