The provincial government, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) union and fisheries scientists working with Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) think there is more to be said about the change in halibut stocks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

On Wednesday morning, the province committed $107,230 to continuing stock study. Specifically, $79,700 will go towards advanced satellite tagging for researching the migration patterns and behaviours of Atlantic halibut in the Gulf. Another $27,530 will go towards additional conventional tagging.

In a Wednesday morning news conference at the province’s Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Petten Building, funding of $79,700 was announced to support research into the migration patterns and behaviour of Atlantic halibut through satellite tagging, and $27,530 to advance scientific data collection through conventional tagging. The funding announcement was conducted by Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Vaughan Granter (centre), FFAW-Unifor president Earle McCurdy (right) and Dominique Robert, research scientist, Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University.

The hope is that the information gathering will give a more accurate picture of fish numbers off Newfoundland and Labrador - key to setting quotas.

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