04/29/2015 09:05 EDT | Updated 08/04/2015 10:00 EDT

Fishermen, processors call for resumption of northern cod fishery

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Some representatives from Newfoundland and Labrador's fishing industry say it's time to reopen the northern cod fishery.

The fishery, once one of the most productive in the world, was shut down by a moratorium in 1992 as stocks collapsed, mainly because of overfishing.

The province's fishermen's union, some processors and harvesters say stocks have rebounded, and they're calling for a limited commercial fishery off the northeast coast of Newfoundland.

The Fish Food and Allied Workers union says a test fishery should be set up in a fishing zone that stretches from Labrador to the Avalon Peninsula.

Union president Keith Sullivan says a commercial cod fishery could be viable and sustainable.

David Miller, president of the World Wildlife Fund of Canada, says before that happens consultations are needed with all industry partners. (VOCM)