Larry's Gulch adopts live-release policy

Larry's Gulch, the government-operated fishing camp on the Restigouche River, is adopting a live-release policy, effective immediately. Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson made the announcement, and said that the move would support the preservation of New Brunswick's wild Atlantic salmon stocks.

"Adopting a live release policy at the lodge will protect this fishing resource for future generations," said Jamieson. "The salmon angling industry generates millions of dollars in economic spinoff benefits annually, so doing our part to protect the stocks by going live release will ensure we continue to enjoy those benefits."

Larry's Gulch is an important tourism venue used by both the government and private sector to host existing or prospective clients exploring economic opportunities in the province. In 2009, more than 21 private groups booked the camp, while government departments made 16 visits. The camp generated more than $330,000 in revenues for the Government of New Brunswick during that time.

"The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) welcomes the decision of the Province of New Brunswick to require everyone who fishes at Larry's Gulch to release all their Atlantic salmon," said Bill Taylor, president of ASF. "This is a significant step forward for salmon conservation, which will help ensure that more salmon reach the spawning beds on the Restigouche River. We are also happy to welcome Larry's Gulch to ASF's Live Release Rewards and Recognition Program for salmon fishing camps that show leadership in releasing salmon and grilse."

Last season, about 75 per cent of the salmon caught by guests were released. Guests of Larry's Gulch who want a souvenir of their visit can arrange in advance to order a farmed New Brunswick salmon packed and prepared to take home with them.

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