The provincial government is providing $25,000 to aid the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research — at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University — to pursue research into the abundance of haddock off the south coast of Newfoundland.
A news release states it is hoped the results will be increased fishing opportunities.
“Several decades ago haddock supported substantial fishing activity off the south coast of the island until the stock went into decline,” the province’s Fisheries Minister Derrick Dalley said.
“Recent studies by the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research indicate the population may have grown.
The centre will examine acoustic data to determine the biomass and abundance of haddock in the area. These data are gathered by using acoustic instruments that detect and quantify fish species. The centre will also conduct research on the age and growth rates of haddock using samples collected during the 2012 and 2013 RV Celtic Explorer research surveys.
“We are pleased to lead valuable research into various fish species that will help inform fisheries management decisions,” said Dr. Sherrylynn Rowe, research scientist with the centre.
“Should our research indicate that the haddock population is sizeable enough to support commercial fishing activity, it will be very valuable to integrate the data with federal research that informs future quota decisions.”