Announcements & News

NOTICE TO ANGLERS – RIVERS CLOSING

Jul. 19, 2021

Salmon Rivers Closing in Zone 5

DFO advises anglers that due to extremely high water temperatures and/or low water levels, the following rivers will be restricted to morning angling only effective one hour after sunset on Monday, July 19, 2021.

During this period, angling is permitted from one hour before sunrise to 10:00 am each day, and will be closed to angling from 10:01 am to one hour before sunrise on the following day.

The rivers will reopen as conditions improve. Please refer to page 16 of the 2021 Angler’s Guide for further information on the 2021 environmental protocol.

Zone 5

56. Indian Bay River & tributary streams

58. Traverse Brook & tributary streams

59. Middle Brook, including Square Pond Brook & Burnt Pond Brook

60. Gambo River & tributary streams, including Mint Brook, Narrows, Triton Brook, Riverhead Brook & Parsons Brook

62. * Terra Nova River & tributaries, including Maccles Brook

For more information please visit the In Season River Status website at https://inter-j01.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/isrs/report or call the Angling Line at 1-800-782-3058.


Angler’s Guides available at IBEC!

Just got a shipment of 2021-22 Angler’s Guides from DFO. Great to have when out on the pond or river. Also hearing when buying salmon licenses these are not available at the site of purchase. So after getting your license, stop by here for the Guide!
 

Please wear your mask when entering. Guides will be near the door for easy access.

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Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation (IBEC) Clothing Fundraiser!

Looking for a unique Christmas gift? Want to support an environmental non-profit? Do you just need a new t-shirt to replace that one with all the holes you still wear? Then we can take care of all your needs!

We have an assortment of IBEC t-shirts (Size S, M, L, XL, and a couple 2XL) and wool hats (one size fits all). Colours for the t-shirts are black, navy, pink, grey, and white; colours for the hats are black, navy, pink/white, and grey.

$15 each for a t-shirt (made of very good quality material) and $20 each for a wool hat (good quality, neither of us have froze yet wearing ours this past Winter). We do have a display set up at the office if folks wish to look at it and see how each piece looks. We’ll accept cash or cheque. Can consider mailing it out to folks from away, but shipping charges will be extra.

Most of the funds raised will go towards the many cleanups we have scheduled this Summer (we’ll announce our cleanups as dates approach).

Thank you to Star Creations Sewing & Supplies for the clothing and the donation of 30 of the t-shirts above and beyond our order.

Trout Season (Summer) Opening Saturday, May 15th

The Indian Bay – Bonavista North Watershed Special Trout Management Zone will open for the Summer season on Saturday, May 15th. This Zone will remain open until Sunday, August 8th. Zone area and regulations are below.

Southwest Pond, Otter Pond, and Coaker’s Steady do NOT open on the 15th. These areas open on June 1st and will remain open through September 7th. Daily Bag and Possession Limits for the Zone also apply for these three areas once they open, only difference is the opening/closing dates (DFO regulated).

For more in-depth information, please check out the Angler’s Guide at http://www.nfl.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/NL/AG/anglersguide. The 2021-22 guide will be posted here soon, and hard copies of the Guide will be available for pickup at the IBEC office once available (we’ll do a separate post once they are on site).

Please respect the daily bag and possession limits, use caution around or out on bodies of water, wear your life jacket, monitor the forest fire hazard map, and respect one another wherever you are enjoying the outdoors!


WINTER TROUT SEASON OPENS FEB. 1ST!

January 27th, 2021 – Winter Trout Season opens within the Indian Bay – Bonavista North Watershed (Special Trout Management Zone) on Monday, February 1st.

Information regarding Winter Trout Season is below on signage; map of Zone also below.

IBEC, in association with DFO, will be placing signage and maps at major entry points within the Zone in the coming weeks to assist anglers with knowing where the Zone applies and regulations. For additional information, please consult the Angler’s Guide at http://www.nfl.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/NL/AG/anglersguide.

Please check ice conditions before venturing out on any frozen ponds and waterways this season!

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Recycling Fundraiser for Trail Improvement in the Indian Bay Watershed

December 21, 2020 – IBEC has decided to try a pilot project for collecting recycling from Watershed users and the general public. Funds raised will go towards improving the trail system within the Indian Bay Watershed area. We ask those who wish to donate to place recycling, such as cans and beer bottles, inside the green bin outside of our office in Indian Bay. Special thank you to the Town of Indian Bay for donating the bin for this project.

Please, do not put garbage in the recycling bin! And do try to use blue, clear bags when placing recycling into the bin.

At the end of 2021 we’ll add up the total and announce on our social media platforms.

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Trail work completed in 2020

December 9th, 2020 – IBEC, along with cabin groups, the Kittiwake Snowmobile Association, and Indian Bay ATV Association, continued to improve the trail system within the Watershed and beyond in some cases. With financial support from Minister Derrick Bragg’s office and the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Municipal Affairs, the Town of New-Wes-Valley, Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited, Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation, and donations collected from cabin groups, we have been able to improve several sections of the trail system. We also received in-kind support from Cape Freels Development and the Town of Indian Bay.

Below are images taken throughout the year of the completed work. We also continued with adding more signage to various areas of the trail system, providing those not from the area a better idea of major cabin areas, directions to various communities and services.

All groups will continue to work to improve user experience of the trail system, with major funding proposals being prepared this Winter for the 2021 season and beyond. We ask everyone to support their local cabin groups if asked for donations for trail improvements, to buy their trail permits for this Winter season from the Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation, and donate to any fundraising that promotes improvements to the trail system. Thank you.


709 Watershed is going back on the road!

Our podcast is going to be recording live at Norton’s Cove Studio & Cafe, Saturday, November 14th, from 10am-6pm!

The November episode, our 17th in the series, will be open to the public. Anyone with an interesting tale about the general area, historical event that occurred, or anything else is welcome! Aiming to cover the areas within New-Wes-Valley, but we will expand, will not turn anyone away who is willing to sit down and have a chat!

Full drink menu will be served at the Cafe during the day, plus desserts! And feel free to browse the artwork, crafts, and other goods available at the Studio or the gift shop at the Cafe while we are recording! And do not forget to get your tickets for Thursday, November 19th’s show “The Silver Wolf Band” from Labrador, who will be performing live at the Cafe that night!

Listen to our episodes on our podcast website:

https://indianbayecosystem.com/709-watershed-podcast/

Information about Janet Davis and Norton’s Cove:

https://nortonscove.com/

The 709 Watershed crew is looking forward to seeing and hearing from you!

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TROUT SEASON RE-OPENING FOR LABOUR DAY WEEKEND
Trout season will re-opening one hour before sunrise on Friday, September 4th and continue until one hour after sunset on Monday, September 7th. This applies to all of the Special Trout Management Zone (highlighted area below in map).
Reminder, Salmon angling will also close on Monday, September 7th, one hour after sunset, for the entire area (please check the Angling Guide for specific locations/rivers.
Please respect bag/catch limits and use caution around rivers and bodies of water.

FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA

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NOTICE TO ANGLERS

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Aug. 28, 2020

Salmon Rivers Re-opening in Zones 5 & 6

DFO advises anglers that the following rivers will re-open to normal salmon angling hours as of one hour before sunrise on August 29, 2020.

Zone 5

  1. Northwest Gander Tributary

(Note:  That portion of Northwest Gander Tributary of the Gander River from mouth of Great Gull River and Upstream is also open to normal angling hours.  In addition, the Main Stem below Gander Lake is open to normal angling hours)

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

Zone 6

  1. * Salmon Cove River, Trinity Bay
  1. Trouty River, Trinity Bay
  1. * Shoal Harbour River, Trinity Bay & tributaries

*indicates river has closed sections (reference Angler’s Guide 2020-21)

For further information pertaining to salmon angling, please refer to the 2020-2021 Angler’s Guide online at http://www.nfl.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/NL/AG/anglersguide

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Regions gives notice that Variation Orders 2020-219, 2020-220, 2020-221, 2020-222 and 2020-223 have been revoked and Variation Orders 2020-224, 2020-225, 2020-226, 2020-227, 2020-228 come into effect at 1700 hours August 28, 2020.

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For information, contact:

Chelsea O’Driscoll

Regional FAM Officer

Tel. (709) 772-4968

E-mail: Chelsea.O’Driscoll@dfo-mpo.gc.ca


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Salmon Rivers Closing in Zone 5, 6, 7 & 9

DFO advises anglers that due to extremely high water temperatures and/or low water levels, the following rivers will be restricted to morning angling only effective one hour after sunset on August 10, 2020.

During this period, angling is permitted from one hour before sunrise to 10:00 am each day, and will be closed to angling from 10:01 am to one hour before sunrise on the following day.

The rivers will reopen as conditions improve. Please refer to page 16 of the 2020 Angler’s Guide for further information on the 2020 environmental protocol.

Zone 5

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

Zone 6

  1. *Bellevue River, Trinity Bay

Zone 7

  1. Salmon Cove River, Conception Bay
  1. *North River, Conception Bay
  1. North Arm River, Holyrood

Zone 9

  1. *Salmonier River, including Back River below falls
  1. Colinet River, including north and east branches
  1. Rocky River & tributary streams
  1. North Harbour River, St. Mary’s Bay
  1. Little Salmonier River, St. Mary’s Bay
  1. Big Barachois Brook, St. Mary’s Bay

For more information please visit the In Season River Status website at https://inter-j01.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/isrs/report or call the Angling Line at 1-800-782-3058.

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Regions gives notice that Variation Orders 2020-164, 2020-165, 2020-166, 2020-167 and 2020-168 have been revoked and Variation Orders 2020-171, 2020-172, 2020-173, 2020-174 and 2020-175 come into effect on 1700 hours August 10, 2020.

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For information, contact:

Chelsea O’Driscoll

Regional FAM Officer

Tel: (709)772-4968

Email: Chelsea.O’Driscoll@dfo-mpo.gc.ca


August 6th, 2020 – SUMMER TROUT SEASON CLOSES SATURDAY, AUGUST 8TH

The 2020 Summer Trout Season for the Indian Bay – Bonavista North Watershed, will close one hour after sunset, on Saturday, August 8th. The area shaded in the map is the Extend Trout Management Zone. Regulations cover the entire area shaded, except:

– Southwest Pond, Otter Pond, and Coaker’s Steady. These will remain open until September 7th (daily catch and possession limits apply).

The entire Expanded Trout Management Zone will re-open to Trout angling on Labour Day Weekend (notice will be made as that weekend gets closer).

Please use caution whenever near or out on the water; please respect social distancing and other related health measures; and please use caution whenever travelling into remote areas to access fishing locations.


August 5th, 2020 – A successful cleanup of the Town of Indian Bay

IBEC, along with students and employees of the Town of Indian Bay and Indian Bay Park, took the day to clean up along the highway and side roads within town limits. As you can see by the images, it was a beautiful day to do this cleanup, and we also had a lot of hands to make the job go quickly.

In the end, we took away a truckload of garbage, which included plastics, glass, siding, shingles, mats, and a bunch of other stuff. All was disposed of properly at the waste management facility on top of the hill.

Once again, thank you to all who took part to help make Indian Bay beautiful again!


July 27th, 2020 – Kittiwake Snowmobile Trail System – Signage Installation

IBEC is currently installing Phase One of signage along the Kittiwake Snowmobile Association Trail System throughout the Watershed. This signage will assist trail users in finding their way to specific communities, major bodies of water, services, and distances to each. Phase Two will occur late Summer or early Fall once we determine the best location for that round of signage.

IBEC, along with its partners, the Kittiwake Snowmobile Association and the Indian Bay ATV Association, would like to thank Minister Derrick Bragg and the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment for its financial support, the Town of New-Wes-Valley and the Town of Indian Bay for their in-kind support, and Cape Freels Development Association for their donation of the cribbing for the signage.

Additional trail upgrades will occur over the next couple of months. Once those upgrades start, we will advise the public at that time.