Announcements & News



The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation (ASCF) has informed IBEC that it has approved funding for two projects for the 2019 season.

The Adurt Brook Restoration Project, which builds on the success of last year’s Adurt Brook Bridge Restoration Project, will continue to improve Atlantic Salmon habitat further up Adurt Brook, including bank stabilization, tree planting, debris removal, and other area improvements.

The Indian Bay River Salmon Identification & Population Health Project will build on data collected over the past two years, with the use of an underwater camera and monitoring system within the Indian Bay River. This project will continue to provide important data of spawning Atlantic Salmon within the Indian Bay River and its tributaries.

IBEC wishes to thank ASCF for its continued support over the years and looks forward to working with ASCF for the 2019 season.

IBEC attends Atlantic Salmon Habitat Restoration Workshop

Workshop Pic

IBEC was invited to the workshop in St. John’s via its decades of experience with salmon habitat restoration and conservation efforts. Partnering with the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Fund, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Ducks Unlimited, and others, IBEC has become a valuable member of those who promote healthy ecosystems throughout the province and the importance of working together for a common goal.

The workshop allowed for networking and learning about new restoration techniques regarding salmon habitat. Guess speakers from Memorial University, DFO, several environmental groups, and private businesses all presented to the group.

Manager Darren Sheppard and IBEC volunteer Hayley Gillingham represented IBEC at the two-day workshop.

MHA Derrick Bragg meets with IBEC


Had meaningful dialogue with our MHA Mr. Derrick Bragg (second from left) on March 8th. Good ideas and plans put in place for 2019 and beyond.

Current members of the Board of Directors:
Ed Ackerman, Harry Ackerman, Perry Cook, Carl Howell, Triffie Parsons, Winston Perry, Curtis Roebotham, Don Sturge and Kelly Vodden. Thanks to all of the volunteers who have given their time over the decades to help make IBEC what it is today.



Mar. 4, 2019


DFO advises anglers of the 2019 Atlantic salmon INTERIM management approach.

This is an interim management approach. The complete 2019 Atlantic salmon management approach will be announced at a later date.

The seasons for the 2019 Atlantic salmon recreational fishery are the same as previous years:

– Insular Newfoundland – all rivers open from June 1 to September 7, 2019

– Labrador – all rivers open from June 15 to September 15, 2019

The interim management approach for the recreational salmon fishery in 2019 includes:

– A minimum of one salmon retention limit on all rivers in Newfoundland and Labrador.

– Announcement of final management approach after the Science Regional Advisory Process (RAP).  The final plan will be announced in advance of the season opening date.

– The retention limit on some rivers may increase considering the final science advice.

– Catch and release limits will remain at three salmon per day for all rivers in Newfoundland and Labrador.

– Retention of salmon on non-scheduled waters is not permitted.

– DFO will develop a more responsive and multi-faceted environmental protocol in consultation with stakeholders through the advisory process.

Full details on the regulations, season, bag limits, river classification, closed areas and special management areas will be contained in the 2019-2020 Angler’s Guide which will be available on-line in the coming months at


For information, contact:
Jackie Kean
Resource Manager
Tel. (709) 772-2045


Smelt season opens Tuesday, January 15th through Monday, April 15th on Southwest Pond, off Greenspond Road.

Please be safe whenever out on the ice this smelt season!


Winter Trout Season within the Indian Bay and Northwest Brook Watersheds – Feb. 1st until April 1st.

Wildlife Officers and DFO Officers are currently in the area and will increase their presence during the Winter Trout Season.

Please be safe while on the ice this winter!

winter season sign


Fisheries and Oceans Canada will be holding additional public meetings in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor to provide anglers and interested stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss management measures and to offer feedback on the recreational Atlantic salmon fishery. Our primary objective is to obtain input from anglers on the management approach for 2019.

Recreational Atlantic salmon public meetings will be held in the following locations:

– Albatross Hotel, Trans-Canada Highway, Gander, October 29, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

– College of the North Atlantic, 5 Cromer Avenue (Room 308), Grand Falls-Windsor, October 30, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Illegal dumping in the Indian Bay watershed

A concerned citizen stopped by and showed us images of illegal dumping in the watershed area near Camp 17. The Town of Indian Bay was notified and they are dealing with the situation accordingly.

We kindly ask those who use the watershed area to adhere to proper material handling and waste protocol when disposing of materials of any kind.

The health of the watershed is important for everyone who uses the waters in and around Indian Bay, whether that be for drinking, fishing or leisure. The environment is ours to maintain and take care of and it’s the responsibility of every individual to take pride and ownership in it so it will be here for generations to come.


Wetland Conservation

An interesting piece on VOCM’s website regarding wetland conservation and how towns and communities need to realize that wetlands and forest are very important parts of their areas. Each reduces flooding by soaking up large amounts of rain. If such areas are reduced, flooding in those areas will increase.

Protecting Wetlands

New Board Member

IBEC would like to welcome Curtis Roebotham to the Board of Directors. Curtis is heavily involved in several community groups in Bonavista North, plus operates the Homestead Adventures, which offers kayaking and glamour camping within the New-Wes-Valley area. An accomplished bush pilot and outdoorsmen, Curtis brings years of experience to the table.

New Board Member

IBEC would like to welcome Triffie Parsons to the Board. Triffie, currently the Town Manager/Clerk for the Town of Indian Bay, brings decades of experience with municipal governance, logistics, and a passion for the sustainability of the Indian Bay Watershed. Triffie will be a strong asset for the organization moving forward.

Atlantic Salmon Management

Notice to Anglers – Salmon Rivers Closing in Zone 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, and 14A – na.18.015

Jul. 23, 2018

Salmon Rivers Closing in Zone 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, and 14A

DFO advises anglers that due to extremely low water levels and extremely high water temperatures, the following rivers will close effective one hour after sunset on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Rivers will reopen as conditions improve.

Zone 3

  1. Ariege or Salmon River, including Southwest Brook and Rose’s Brook, Hare Bay
  1. Western Brook or Beaver Brook, Canada Bay

Zone 4

  1. Exploits River
  1. All Gander River, except Main Stem

Zone 5

  1. Northwest Brook, Indian Bay
  1. Indian Bay River and tributary streams
  1. North West Brook, Trinity, Bonavista Bay
  1. Traverse Brook and tributary streams
  1. Middle Brook including Square Pond Brook and Burnt Pond Brook
  1. Gambo River and tributary streams, including Mint Brook, Narrows, Triton Brook, Riverhead Brook and Parsons Brook
  1. Northwest Brook, Alexander Bay
  1. Terra Nova River and tributary streams, including Maccles Brook
  1. Salmon Brook, Port Blandford, and tributary streams
  1. Southwest Brook, Port Blandford, and tributary streams.

Zone 6

  1. Salmon Cove River, Trinity Bay
  1. Trouty River, Trinity Bay
  1. Pope’s Harbour River, Trinity Bay
  1. Shoal Harbour River, Trinity Bay and tributaries
  1. Deer Harbour River and tributary streams, Trinity Bay

Zone 12

  1. Grandy’s River, including Top Pond Brook

Zone 13

  1. Little Codroy River, including Cooper’s Brook, Southern Brook & Western Brook
  1. Great Codroy River, including Broom Brook, Ryan’s Brook & Mullchingnic Brook; the North Branch of Great Codroy, including Upper Brook, Lower Brook & Crooked Brook; the South Branch of Great Codroy, including Bullhouse Brook
  1. Highlands River, and tributary streams
  1. Crabbe’s River, and tributary streams
  1. Middle Barachois River, and tributary streams
  1. Robinsons River, and tributary streams
  1. Fischell’s Brook, and tributary streams
  1. Flat Bay Brook, and tributary streams
  1. Little Barachois Brook, and tributary streams
  1. Southwest Brook & Bottom Brook, and tributary streams
  1. Harry’s River, including Spruce Brook, Little George’s, Meadows Brook, Pinch Gut River, Stag Hill Brook & Gull Pond Brook

Zone 14A

  1. Lomond Main River, (East Arm, Bonne Bay) including East Branch
  1. Portland Creek River, including Brian’s Feeder
  1. River of Ponds, including Kate’s Feeder, Big Feeder Brook, Spring Tilt Brook (below Spring Tilt Pond) & Big Gulch Brook
  1. Little Brook Ponds, and tributary streams
  1. Torrent River, and tributary streams
  1. East River, Hawke’s Bay

For more information please visit the In Season River Status Report at or call the Angling Line at 709-772-4423.

DFO wishes to advise that as a result of the in-season review of salmon returns (as of July 15), the management approach for the remainder of the season for insular Newfoundland is as follows:

– Tag 1 is valid until one hour after sunset July 20, 2018

– No retention of salmon will be permitted after July 20, 2018

– Catch and Release Angling only after July 20, 2018

– Rivers will close to all Angling when water temperatures exceed 18 degrees Celsius

In addition, an in-season review for Labrador is scheduled July 24.  An announcement on the management approach for Labrador will follow once review is completed.  In the interim, Tag 1 will be valid until August 3.

Catch and release limits remain at 3 fish per day for all rivers in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Retention of salmon on non-scheduled waters is not permitted.

Details on the regulations pertaining to bag limits, river classification, closed areas and special management areas are contained in 2018 – 2019 Angler’s Guide which is available on-line at