Announcements & News


IBEC would like to welcome our new Assistant Project Coordinator, Sharon Jacobs! Sharon brings with her experience and knowledge in environmental science, marketing, and social media to our team. She is already settling into the area and is excited to get to work on several of our projects.




The latest Newfoundland & Labrador Angler’s Guide is now available online for viewing and download at

Also please note, there is a new Angler’s Line phone number for daily updates. That new number is 1-800-782-3058.

IBEC is working on having Guides at our office (1 Country Road, Indian Bay). If we can obtain Guides from DFO (working on that) we’ll advise the public via social media. Always nice to have a Guide on you when fishing.


The 2020 Summer Trout Season for the Indian Bay – Bonavista North Watershed, will open one hour before sunrise, on Friday, May 15th. The area 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 open June 1st (however, daily catch and possession limits apply when they are open).

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.


April 1st, 2020 – Reminder to Special Trout Management Zone & Watershed users that the Winter Trout Season is now closed for the season. The Summer Trout Season will open on Friday, May 15th. We ask that you please respect the closing date, as we are getting information of anglers still catching trout within the Zone. DFO Officers are aware & will be patrolling the Zone to enforce these regulations.


March 31st, 2020 – Earlier in March we had the pleasure of checking duck nest boxes with members of Ducks Unlimited Canada – Atlantic & the Stewardship Association of Municipalities. We had a great afternoon, found some used boxes, & are looking forward to putting up some more this coming Summer!



Salmon Angling Log

Anglers are reminded to complete their Salmon Angling Log. Angling log data is an important tool in the stock assessment process. If you purchased a license and did not fish, it is important to let the Department of Fisheries and Oceans know. If you did fish, please record your daily angling activity as accurately as possible. Check the appropriate box and submit your form.

The Salmon Angling Log can be found online at

Play a part in conserving the resource. Submit your form today.


February 5th, 2020 – IBEC did some snowshoeing in Centreville today, scouting out a potential habitat restoration location. Had members of the Ducks Unlimited-Bonavista North Chapter along to provide local knowledge (thanks Rick & Shane). We’ll see if we can make this area a wonderful nesting habitat for ducks & other wildlife!


Trout Season Sign A reminder to anglers in the Expanded Trout Management Zone for the Indian Bay-Bonavista North Watershed area, that the Winter Trout Season opens Saturday, February 1st. Always check ice thickness before venturing out onto any body of water!






Sep. 5, 2019

Salmon Angling Season Closures

DFO reminds anglers of the following salmon angling season closures:

Insular Newfoundland:

– Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14A will close to salmon angling on September 7, 2019.

– Fall catch and release salmon angling is permitted on the Lower Humber River and Gander River from September 8, 2019, to October 7, 2019.  Retention of salmon is not permitted. Fall catch and release salmon angling is not permitted on the Lower Exploits River.


Zones 1, 2, and 14B will close to salmon angling on September 15, 2019.

Anglers are reminded to complete their Salmon Angling Log. Angling log data is an important tool in the stock assessment process. If you purchased a license and did not fish, it is important to let us know. If you did fish please record your daily angling activity as accurately as possible. Check the appropriate box and submit your form.

The Salmon Angling Log can be found online at

Play a part in conserving the resource. Submit your form today.


For information, contact:

Jackie Kean

Resource Manager

Tel. (709) 772-2045


Canada funds 52 new projects to protect and recover species at risk

Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation awarded one of fifty-two projects across Canada to protect and recover species at risk

Canada funds 52 new projects to protect and recover species at risk

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Newfoundland & Labrador – Conserving & Understanding the Species at Risk of Cape Freels: Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation will work with the Town of New-Wes-Valley, the Local Service District of Cape Freels, Stewardship Association of Municipalities, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, The Homestead Adventures, and Bird Studies Canada to develop a governance structure and conservation action plan, followed by conservation actions to reduce threats to species at risk, restore habitat, and complement existing conservation and stewardship activities. This project will benefit a variety of listed species at risk, such as Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Little Brown Myotis, along with other declining species, especially shorebirds.

The project will occur in the Cape Freels region of Newfoundland, covering 1,200 hectares.

Please check out the “Related Products” link at the bottom of the release for more information on our project, plus others, in Newfoundland and across Canada.






Aug. 27, 2019

Salmon Rivers Closing in Zones 5 and 6

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 Tuesday August 27, 2019.

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 2019 Angler’s Guide for further information on the 2019 environmental protocol.

Zone 5

55. Northwest Brook, Indian Bay

56. Indian Bay River & tributary streams

57. Northwest Brook, Trinity, Bonavista Bay

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

61. Northwest Brook, Alexander Bay

62. Terra Nova River & tributaries, including Maccles Brook

64. Salmon Brook, Port Blandford, & tributary streams

65. Southwest Brook, Port Blandford, & tributary streams

Zone 6

66. Salmon Cove River, Trinity Bay

67. Trouty River, Trinity Bay

68. Pope’s Harbour River, Trinity Bay

69. Shoal Harbour River, Trinity Bay & tributaries

70. Deer Harbour River & tributary streams, Trinity Bay

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

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Regions gives notice that Variation Orders 2019-227, 2019-228, 2019-229, 2019-230 and 2019-231 have been revoked and Variation Orders 2019-235, 2019-236, 2019-237, 2019-238 and 2019-239 come into effect at 1800 hours on August 27, 2019.


For information, contact:
Chelsea Austin
Tel. (709) 772-4968


Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation (IBEC) is proud to announce, that starting in late August, our new monthly podcast “709 Watershed” will be launched!

With financial support from NL Hydro’s Community Fund, IBEC is currently in the process of setting up and preparing its studio for recording and production of 709 Watershed episodes. Episodes will include call-in and in-studio guest, with each episode having a conservation and environmental flair. Topics will be announced as we get closer to the launch date!

Episodes will be available wherever you download your podcasts, plus on our social media feeds. NL Hydro will also be sharing the podcast on its social media feeds during episodes featuring NL Hydro topics. Our sponsors will also be sharing the podcast on their social media feeds.

IBEC would also like to thank our local sponsors of the podcast:

Norton’s Cove Studio

The Homestead Adventures

Town of Indian Bay

Town of Centreville-Wareham-Trinity

Indian Bay Development Committee

Hare Bay Adventures

Hub of the North – Greenspond

Carter’s Dairy/Bakery/Deli/Gas Bar

Town of Gambo

Below is our logo and the process of how it came about. Created by local artist Janet Davis of Norton’s Cove Studio, Janet took a trout caught by one of our students from #2 Pond in the Indian Bay Watershed and turned it into a work of art!

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Artwork will be available for purchase. Limited numbered prints, signed by Janet, will be made available from Norton’s Cove Studio. Please contact Janet at Norton’s Cove Studio directly if you wish to purchase this one-of-a-kind artwork.

New Board of Directors (Posted June 21st, 2019)


Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation (IBEC) is proud to announce members of its new Board of Directors:

Zone 1: Centreville-Wareham-Trinity/Indian Bay (Triffie Parsons, Ed Ackerman, Ian Brackstone)
Zone 2: New-Wes-Valley/Greenspond (Curtis Roebotham, Angelina Smith, Carl Howell)
Zone 3: Cape Freels/Lumsden/Deadman’s Bay (Dr. Norman Goodyear)
Zone 4: Hare Bay/Dover (Renee Collins)
At LARGE: (Harry Ackerman, Perry Cook, Dr. Kelly Vodden, Winston Perry)

IBEC would like to thank all of those who attended our AGM and who put their names forward for the Board.

Special thank-you goes out to Donald Sturge who, after 8 years of serving the Board, decided not to run for re-election. We thank him for his dedication, hard-work and professionalism during his time on the Board.

Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation Annual General Meeting (posted June 13th)

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Thursday, June 20th – 7pm @ IBEC Office in Indian Bay.

Year in review/status of operations presentation by IBEC Manager Darren Sheppard and a presentation by special guest, Stewardship Association of Municipalities Conservation Biologist Laura King.

A new Board of Directors election will also take place. Seeking interested parties from these areas who would like to join the Board:

Zone 1: Centreville-Wareham-Trinity/Indian Bay (3 Directors)
Zone 2: New-Wes-Valley/Greenspond (3 Directors)
Zone 3: Cape Freels/Lumsden/Deadman’s Bay (1 Director)
Zone 4: Hare Bay/Dover (1 Director)
At LARGE: (4 Directors from within the boundaries of IBEC)

Light refreshments/Coffee/Tea will be available.

Looking forward to seeing a big crowd in attendance!

IBEC Receives 2019 PEGNL Environmental Award (Posted June 8th, 2019)


Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation is proud to announce that it has been selected as the 2019 Professional Engineers and Geoscientist Newfoundland & Labrador Environmental Award recipient.

The award recognizes organizations and/or individuals in Newfoundland and Labrador that have contributed to the protection or enhancement of the physical environment in the province. Its purpose is to emphasize the use of science, technology, and modern organization techniques by the engineering profession and others to protect and enhance the environment.

Previous Environmental Award recipients have included NL Hydro, NL Power, North Atlantic Refinery Ltd., Suncor Energy, and many others. IBEC is now included in this list for 2019. Full list of previous recipients is located here –

IBEC would like to thank PEGNL for this great honour. IBEC also would like to thank all of its volunteers, previous and current Board members, and its many partners who contributed to IBEC’s work throughout its 31 years. If not for their hard work, financial support and tireless efforts, this 2019 Environmental Award would not have been possible.

2019 Atlantic Salmon Recreational Fishery (Posted May 31st, 2019)

DFO wishes to advise anglers that the 2019 season for the Atlantic Salmon recreational fishery are:

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

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

Management measures for recreational salmon fishing in 2019 are as follows:

A retention limit of one fish on Class 2 rivers (Tag 1 – red) and a retention limit of two fish on Class 4, Class 6 and unclassified rivers (Tags 3 and 4 – green).

A catch and release limit of three fish per day for all rivers in Newfoundland and Labrador with the exception of Class 0 rivers. Class 0 rivers are permitted a catch and release limit of two fish per day.

The retention of salmon on non-scheduled waters is not permitted.

The implementation of a new multi-faceted environmental protocol which will be available in the 2019-2020 Angler’s Guide.

For additional information, refer to the Fisheries Management Decision online at:…/decis…/fm-2019-gp/atl-14-eng.html

Details on the regulations pertaining to bag limits, river classification, closed areas and special management areas are contained in the 2019 – 2020 Angler’s Guide available at



Back in 2014-2015, Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation (IBEC) sponsored community consultations in New-Wes-Valley (NWV) and Centreville- Wareham-Trinity (CWT), as part of Environment Canada, EcoAction funding. During these public meetings, there was a clear consensus given to IBEC that the #1 priority going forward should be “trout management and conservation”. The communities wish was for IBEC to do all it could to protect our valuable trout stocks. This included extending the existing Indian Bay Watershed “Special Trout Management Zone”, to include the greater part of Bonavista North, including all inland waters northwards to Anchor Brook and to the south including the Trinity, Bonavista Bay waters.

Since 2014, IBEC has worked very closely with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and provided ongoing communications to the public through newsletters, news media, social media, etc. Also with the support of DFO, IBEC conducted public consultations on the proposed trout area extension – by way of field surveys with fishers, online surveys, media education and awareness, IBEC newsletters, as well as additional community meetings, in NWV, CWT and Lumsden.

IBEC is please to announce that after close to five years of effort on behalf of the people in our region and beyond, the daily trout quota and possession limit is now the same throughout Bonavista North, and consistent with that of the Indian Bay Watershed – limit 6 Trout or .9 kg (2 lb), plus 1…whichever is caught first.

We are confident that this initiative represents a very responsible conservation step in protecting our precious trout resources for generations to come, and will ensure the continued enjoyment and the experience of catching a trout in the great outdoors. We strongly believe this is indeed a very progressive conservation measure that will give our trout resource a greater chance of survival and sustainability into the future.

Over the summer you will be seeing signage regarding these changes, posted throughout the region, notifying anglers of these limits and DFO regulations for the Indian Bay Watershed and now the greater Bonavista North region. Please see attached Map and link for the Special Trout Management Areas in the 2019-20 Angler’s Guide where more detail is mentioned.

Extended Trout Management

For further information regarding this change please call Max Holwell, Detachment Supervisor, Conservation and Protection, at 709-466-8273 or contact the IBEC Office at 709-522-3222.

Town of Indian Bay & IBEC represented at the Stewardship Association of Municipalities (SAM) AGM

This past weekend, IBEC Manager Darren Sheppard attended the AGM for the Stewardship Association of Municipalities in lovely Pouch Cove. Darren represented both the Town of Indian Bay and IBEC at the meeting, which brought together municipalities, ENGO’s and government departments to discuss stewardship, environmental topics, and how municipalities must take a pro-environmental stance in dealing with businesses and residents. The Town’s of New-Wes-Valley, Centreville-Wareham-Trinity, and Gambo were also represented from the area.

It was an excellent time to network with attendees from Labrador, all parts of the island, and the Atlantic provinces, allowing for great discussion and exchanges of ideas on proposals, funding and other related topics. The Town of Pouch Cove and SAM did a tremendous job in hosting the AGM, which included a hike of a portion of the East Coast Trail and a lovely formal dinner to end the meeting. The Fall meeting looks to be held along “The Shore” with the Town of Gambo tentatively scheduled to host.

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