Using Baited Pots in the Newfoundland Fishery for Harvesting Cod: Comparative Studies using Sentinel Fisheries Program and Commercial Harvesters
At present there is no commercial cod-pot fishery in Newfoundland. Preliminary sea trials conducted by the Marine Institute in partnership with DFA, FFAW and CCFI in 2002 and 2003 provided encouraging results and determined the type of pot that should be constructed for experimental testing. Pots similar to those used in Alaska were constructed for preliminary tests and the fundamental design (6' X 6' X 36" pot using circular funnels and floating roof) was modified so as to increase the catch in Newfoundland waters. December trials in Placentia Bay have been especially encouraging with a high one day total of 1,067 pounds using 5 pots in 2003. The results point towards the need for further trials under commercial conditions in a broad geographic range throughout the province.
The purpose of this project is to carry out additional fishing of the circle funneled pot to expand the limited data set. The work conducted to date has demonstrated that these pots can harvest commercial quantities of cod in December in Placentia Bay. This initiative will determine the ability of these pots to harvest commercial quantities of fish under broad commercial conditions throughout the province.
The objectives of this project include:
1. Construct and modify pots to incorporate circle funnels for trials in 2005.
2. Fishing of experimental pots aboard Sentinel fishing vessels in 6 sites throughout province.
3. Travel to Labrador to hold half day cod pot workshop for harvesters.
4. Fishing of cod pots aboard inshore harvesters vessels in Southern Labrador in the spring of 2005.