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 http://www.inter.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Gulf/FAM/Recreational-Fisheries/Rec-Salmon-Conservation-Measures-2017
Is there any evidence that this policy and the resultant decline in NB salmon anglers
led to more poaching, presumably of large salmon?
Brad Burns shared several articles on the benefits of catch and release on future salmon stocks. That makes sense. However, if more large salmon are being poached as a result of the policy, it would be counterproductive.
Please share your thoughts.