Fishers have detailed knowledge of their resources and their environment, but this knowledge is very different from that which is generally used in stock assessments. This document presents preliminary findings from interview with inshore and longliner fishers in the area between Princeton, Bonavista Bay and Dildo, Trinity Bay. We highlight four areas in which these fishers' knowledge of their resources, if gathered in a systematic fashion, could contribute to northern cod stock assessments. These areas include: cod stock structure, changes in catchability, information on abundance in a closed fishery, and potential impacts of a reopened caplin fishery on northern cod stock recruitment.
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