Catch and Release for NB Salmon Anglers: DFO releases angling regulations

DFO issued a press release on Thursday April 13th, 2017 stating Catch and release remains in place for the 2017 Atlantic salmon recreational fishing in the Gulf Region to maintain conservation benefits. A notice to recreational anglers can be viewed at

PRESS RELEASE: Conservation Groups Request More Changes for Striped Bass Angling

April 5, 2017



The New Brunswick Wildlife Federation and Miramichi Watershed Management Committee, two organizations involved with consultation regarding the striped bass fishery for the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence population, would like to acknowledge the Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s improved management plan for the 2017 fishery with its modest increase in harvest limits, but today suggested more changes should take place now before the season opens.

NBWF President Charles LeBlanc and Watershed Committee President Debbie Norton both noted that at DFO’s Recreational Fish Committee meeting last December, conservation groups were unanimous in asking for a bag limit of three Striped Bass per day with a possession limit of six throughout the Gulf region. This request was based on the science of abundance of which there has been high numbers in the past few years.

Norton says the new bag limit of two is an improvement throughout the entire region with the exception of the Miramichi prior to June 15 which remains at one. She also pointed out that our organizations had also asked that the upper slot limit be eliminated for 2017, again based on science and the principle of harvest based on abundance. We felt that with such excessive numbers in the Gulf that this was no longer required.

Most importantly, LeBlanc stated, our members are discouraged with the closing of the Northwest Miramichi for a three week period. This area has been open to fishing under the same regulations as the rest of the Gulf area in previous years and the stock numbers continue to grow each year. Therefore, we believe that there is no science to support such a closure. Further, this was not discussed in any detail at the DFO Recreational Fish Committee meeting last December. Surely, if the Department had any concerns about fishing in that popular angling area over the past several years, it should have been raised at that meeting and the background science, if any, discussed. We are unaware of any such science and do not understand why the area should be closed. We request that the Northwest area be open for fishing as it has been in the past.

Both Norton and LeBlanc stated, our organizations believe that all management must be grounded in science and based on the harvest by abundance principle. Our groups salute the areas of the new management plan which adhere to this principle and respectfully request DFO Minister Dominic LeBlanc to address the above areas, which are not science based and thereby restore appropriate angling for the entire season in the Northwest Miramichi.



Charles LeBlanc – 506.859.1240

Debbie Norton – 506.627.6492

DFO Announces 2017 Striped Bass Regulations

On Friday, March 31, 2017, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced new regulations for the 2017 Striped Bass Recreational Fishery in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Noteworthy are three significant changes that have been implemented for 2017; the season will now run from April 15 to October 31 (inland waters of the Miramichi River system – April 15 – October 15); the daily possession limit has been increased to two (2) Striped bass from June 15- August 21; and the planned 3-week closure of the NW Miramichi River spawning grounds during the spawning season. These changes do not in any way reflect recommendations made by the MSA and other key organizations during formal consultations with DFO, which focused on reducing the population by way of boosting retention levels through increased (daily) possession limits of fish measuring greater than 50 cm.

For more information on the 2017 Striped bass regulations, click here: or if you have any questions or concerns please contact Frederick Butruille at 506-851-7358 or via e-mail at

MSA is Hiring a New Biologist! Apply Today!

Miramichi Salmon Association Inc.
Job Description – Biologist

The Miramichi Salmon Association (MSA) will be hiring a Biologist based at the Miramichi Salmon Conservation Centre office in South Esk, New Brunswick starting in early May 2017.  The Biologist will report directly to the President of the MSA and will supervise MSA field staff, students, job creation employees, and volunteers. 

The primary duties of the position are to plan, budget, supervise, and conduct the field programs of the MSA and assist in the education, communication, and fundraising programs.  Preparing applications for funding, collaborating with government and university researchers, designing experiments, writing reports, and communicating results to MSA members and directors will be critical assignments for this position.

The position requires some travel, physical work, and working evenings and weekends (depending on program requirements) which vary greatly from season to season.  The candidate must be in good physical condition, possess a valid driver’s license, be able to wade in swift water, operate a motor boat, and operate scientific equipment such as, electrofishers, oxygen meters, GPS instruments, electronic balances, PIT tag detectors, and other related equipment.

The applicant should possess:

A positive, outgoing personality and get along with staff and volunteers, as well as the general public. The Biologist will also participate in MSA outreach activities with youth and the general public.


  • A Bachelor of Science degree or better
  • Relevant work experience
  • Possess excellent computer (Microsoft Office, Google Earth, ArcGIS) and internet skills
  • Possess excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Be proficient in the English language
  • It would be considered an asset if the candidate has worked in aquatic biology or fisheries related science

There will be a 6-month probationary period to determine the suitability of the candidate with the program requirements.  The salary range has been established, but the starting rate will depend on education and experience.

To apply for this position please send your cover letter and resume to Mark Hambrook at Deadline to apply is April 9th, 2017 at 11:00PM.

For more information on the Miramichi Salmon Association please visit our website at

MSA Pub Night Fredericton

Join the MSA for the first Pub Night at Graystone Pub in Fredericton, NB on Wednesday April 19th at 5:30pm for some after work drinks. Just $10 a person(gets you a pint and some apps). Grab a buddy, grab a beer, start talking fishing! RSVP by contacting Kate at or via telephone at 506-622-4000.