Status report for northern Labrador Arctic char, 1998 [electronic resource] / J.B. Dempson and M. Shears
- Dempson, J. B.
- Ottawa : Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 1999.
- Physical Description:
- 37 pages : figures, graphs, maps, tables
- Additional Creators:
- Shears, Margaret Ann, 1951-, Canada. Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Canadian Stock Assessment Secretariat
- Canadian Stock Assessment Secretariat research document, 1480-4883 ; 99/96
- Restrictions on Access:
- Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- Catch and effort statistics for the northern Labrador Arctic charr fishery in 1998 are summarized and information on catch-at-age and weight-at-age are updated. Landings of 37.5 t were similar to 1997 but were derived entirely from the Nain Fishing Region as there was no reported commercial harvest of charr from the Makkovik region in 1998. Landings from the Nain Region were 10% higher than the previous year and were the highest since 1992. Increased effort in the Nain stock unit and the highest catch rates at both Nain and Voisey stock units contributed to the higher commercial production in 1998. Effort in recent years is still low, relative to the 1980's, and interpretation of current commercial catch rates as an index of stock abundance could be problematic. Landings of anadromous Arctic charr from the Nain Fishing Region over the past 25 years (1974-1998) totalled approximately 2589 t, or over 5.7 million lbs. Of this amount, 77% (1993 t) has been harvested from the three primary stock complexes (Voisey, Nain, Okak) and illustrates the overall capacity of this area of the north coast to produce fish. There was no experimental in-river terminal harvest for Arctic charr in 1998 and the commercial Atlantic salmon fishery was closed. The amount of charr harvested for food is unknown.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 9-10).
- Type of File/Data:
- Electronic monograph in PDF format.
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