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Herring Purse Seine Fishery Opening in Area 13 and 14

DFO advises that the herring purse seine fishery, for all mobile gear in Herring Fishing Area 13 and 14, will open May 13, 2015. Individual quotas are in place and fish harvesters are reminded that licence conditions are available through the DFO National Online Licencing System. At-sea observer coverage services must be arranged before commencing fishing. Fish harvesters are reminded of the licence condition that is in effect for the 2015 season in order to protect lobster habitat. ...

Illegal Netting of Inland Waters Results in $2,000 Fine and Prohibition for Port Hope Simpson Man

William Ward of Port Hope Simpson has been convicted of netting inland water in contravention of the Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery Regulations. Ward was convicted in Port Hope Simpson Provincial Court on April 23, 2015 and fined $2,000, prohibited for one year from participating in any recreational fishery and forfeited his fishing net. Part of the evidence used to convict Ward was a trail camera which took pictures of the accused hauling the net. The Government of Canada is committed ...

P.E.I. Mussel Industry Back to Full Production After Record Winter

The PEI mussel industry is once again back on the water and able to supply their famous mussels after an unprecedented winter on Prince Edward Island. This past winter, however, brought record snowfalls to Prince Edward Island with over 18 feet (551 cm) being accumulated in some areas. The weight of this snowfall affected the ice conditions and made harvesting extremely difficult. “Ensuring the safety of our farmers and employees was first and foremost as ice conditions were constantly ...

Herring Fixed Gear Fishery Open in Area 12 and 13

DFO advises that the Herring fishery for the fixed gear fleets (trap, gillnet, bar seine - including tuck seine), in Herring Fishing Area 12 (NAFO sub-Division 3Pn) and Herring Fishing Area 13 (Cape Ray to Cape St. Gregory), will open Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Fish harvesters are reminded of the following: The harvesting cap structure for Area 13 that has been in place for the number of seasons will continue for the 2014 season. Fishing limitations are in effect while fishing inside Bay ...

Crab Fishery Opening Delayed in Crab Fishing Area (CFA) 3C (Green Bay)

A combination of northerly winds and ice is leading to more delays with the crab fishery on Newfoundland's northeast coast. DFO wishes to advise harvesters that the crab fishery opening in CFA 3C Cape St. John to North Head (Green Bay) has been further delayed due to ice and will now open at 06:00 hours on Monday May 18, 2015.

Lobster Fishery Season Delayed for a Portion of Area 14B

DFO advises, that at the request of the local industry, the opening of the lobster fishery in the northern portion of Lobster Fishing Area 14B (Point Riche to Ferolle Point) will open 0600hrs May 16, 2015. Harvesters may set traps on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. Fishing gear may not be retrieved until Monday, May 18. Please be advised that the large lobster prohibition has been removed for areas 13 and 14 and licence conditions are available through the National Online Licencing ...

Shellfish Harvesting in Notre Dame Bay Reopening

DFO advises that following acceptable water quality sampling by Environment Canada and shellstock sampling by CFIA a portion of Notre Dame Bay will re-open for molluscan shellfish harvesting. All classified waters within three kilometres of the shoreline and islands between Seal Bay Head (approximate Lat/Lon 49.4916/-55.5435) west to Island Point on Sunday Cove Island (approximate Lat/Lon 49.5921/-55.7884)are OPEN for molluscan shellfish harvesting. Note that all underlying classifications ...

Illegal Fishing of Crab Pots Results in Fines and Forfeiture of Catch

Basil Diamond and Gary Hoffe, both of Change Islands, have been convicted on a total of three counts under Section 22(7) of the Fishery (General) Regulations. All three charges relate to a crab pot sharing scheme where Hoffe, after reaching his crab quota, left his pots in the water for Diamond to fish. Hoffe was convicted in Gander Provincial Court on April 21, 2015 on one count of the Fishery (General) Regulations, namely failing to remove his pots from the water after taking his quota, ...

Harsh Ice Conditions off NL’s Northeast Coast

Ice conditions off Newfoundland are getting worse this week — aided by strong northerly winds. The strengthening ice is creating problems for fishing vessels in the area, including the recognizable Midnight Shadow of Cold Water Cowboys fame. These photos, taken from a Coast Guard helicopter May 8, show the Midnight Shadow navigating heavy, ice-infested water. The Midnight Shadow is being assisted by the CCGS George R Pearkes.

Crab Fishery Opening Delayed in Crab Fishing Area 3C

Weather and ice conditions continue to play havoc with the fishing season in Atlantic Canada. DFO announced to harvesters Friday that the opening of the Crab Fishery in Crab Fishing Area 3C Cape St. John to Northhead (Green Bay) has been delayed and will now open at 06:00 hours on Wednesday May 13, 2015. Similar conditions have already caused delays in the crab and lobster fishery in other Atlantic Canada fishing areas.