Redfish fishery could return to Gulf of St. Lawrence

The redfish fishery could soon reopen in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The federal government has agreed to lift a twenty-three year moratorium on the fishery to gradually allow its reopening, after meeting with an advisory committee last week.

The fishery was shut down in 1995 when one of the two species of redfish was deemed endangered and the other threatened.

Prior to that, redfish were processed by at least two facilities on the Acadian Peninsula.

But it's still not clear exactly when fishermen will be allowed to hit the water or how much redfish they'll be permitted to harvest.

Meanwhile, Regional Federation of Acadian Professional Fishermen executive director Jean Lanteigne says redfish are wreaking havoc on the shrimp population.

Lanteigne estimating they consumed around 169,000 tons of shrimp last year.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)