Anglers’ Guide 2023-2024 – Annexes – Annex 3 – Environmental Protocol For the Atlantic Salmon Recreational Fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador

Annexes

Annex 3 - Environmental Protocol For the Atlantic Salmon Recreational Fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador

The protocol is for in-season conservation measures consists of management actions that modify angling activities on rivers in Newfoundland and Labrador based on a water temperature trigger and supporting secondary parameters.

The management actions are as follows:

  • When the water temperature in a river exceeds 20.0 degrees Celsius (>20.0°C) over two to three days, the department will consider closing the river to angling from 10:01 a.m. each day to one hour before sunrise the following day, until conditions improve. Therefore, the river would be opened daily from one hour before sunrise to 10:00 a.m. when water temperatures are typically at their coldest. Secondary parameters such as water levels and weather forecast will also be considered.
  • The river could re-open when the water temperatures fall to 20 degrees Celsius or below (≤20.0°C). Secondary parameters such as water levels and weather forecast will also be considered.

Following a precautionary approach, an additional management action will be applied to rivers that are open for catch and release only angling (Class 0 rivers) as follows:

  • When the water temperature in a Class 0 river exceeds 18.0 degrees Celsius (>18.0°C) over two to three days, the department will consider closing the river to angling from 10:01 a.m. each day to one hour before sunrise the following day, until conditions improve. Therefore, the river would be opened daily from one hour before sunrise to 10:00 a.m. when water temperatures are typically at their coldest. Secondary parameters such as water levels and weather forecast will also be considered.
  • The Class 0 river could re-open when the water temperatures decrease to 18.0 degrees Celsius or below (≤18.0°C). Secondary parameters such as water levels and weather forecast will also be considered.

Check out our online River Status Report

It is updated in real-time and shows which scheduled salmon rivers are opened or closed.

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In-Season River Status