Originally Published by CBC News, July 12, 2016

By Gerry Amey, CBC News

Get ready for some big changes if you’re one of the thousands of people in Newfoundland and Labrador who take advantage of the annual recreational cod fishery.

Starting next year, you’ll have to buy a licence before you leave the wharf. Then you’ll have to tag every fish you catch.

Officials with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans are still working on the details, although the basic information was revealed in May when the department announced this year’s recreational fishery would expand from 32 to 46 days.

DFO explains the extra 14 days were introduced as a transitional measure “in advance of implementation of a license and tags regime” expected  next year.

Right now anglers don’t have to buy a licence or tag fish. But daily bag limits are strictly enforced, with stiff penalties for offenders.

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Photo courtesy of Shana Morey.