Catch and release measures continue for Atlantic salmon fishery

The federal government says catch and release measures for the Atlantic salmon fishery will remain in place this year in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) says the restrictions are designed to protect Atlantic salmon populations in the region.

The department says returns of Atlantic salmon in the Gulf Region improved in 2015 and 2016, compared to the record lows of 2014.

But scientific data indicates the abundance of Atlantic salmon has declined over the past 12 years, or two generations of fish.

DFO says the decision was made based on that data, in addition to input from consultations held in the fall and winter.