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Lobster Season Opening in Area 14B

DFO advises that the lobster fishery in a portion of Lobster Fishing Area 14B (Point Riche to Ferolle Point) will open Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 0600hrs. Traps may be set on May 12 and 13. No gear may be retrieved until Thursday, May 14. 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 System.

Mariners Advised of Temporary Delays at Placentia Lift Bridge

The Department of Transportation and Works advises mariners of intermittent delays to navigation through the channel at the Placentia Gut between 8:00 a.m. and noon today (Friday, May 8) and Monday, May 11. The delays are necessary as part of the continuing construction of the new lift bridge across the Placentia Gut. The delays are anticipated to be up to two hours and will only affect marine traffic. The general public is advised that vehicle traffic on the existing bridge will not be ...

Salmon Netting Leads to Convictions and Significant Fines

An investigation by officers with the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division into the illegal netting of salmon in the Carmanville area has resulted in the conviction of two individuals for various offences. In late summer 2014, officers received complaints from the general public related to the netting of salmon in the Shoal Pond – Ragged Harbour River area of central Newfoundland.  After conducting surveillance, officers apprehended two males on September 5 who were found to be in ...

More Lobster Season Openings Around NL

DFO advises that the lobster fishery in Lobster Fishing Area 14A (Cape St. Gregory to Point Riche) will open Saturday May 9, 2015 at 0600hrs. Traps may be set on Saturday May 9 and Sunday May 10. No gear may be retrieved until Monday May 11. DFO also advised lobster harvesters in LFA 3 Cape Bauld to Cape St. John (White Bay)and LFA 4A Cape St. John to North Head (Green Bay) that the fishery will open at 06:00 hours on Saturday May 30, 2015. Fish harvesters are reminded that they are ...

Stiff Fines for Salmon Poachers

Francis White of St. Georges has been convicted on two separate counts of violating the Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery Regulations. Mr. White was convicted on April 15, 2015 in Stephenville Provincial Court for netting inland waters and for failing to comply with a previous court order banning him from being at or near inland waters for 1 year. He received a sentence of 20 days jailtime, a fine of $750 per count and was prohibited for five years from being on at or near inland waters. ...

Update LFA 24 Lobster Season Opening

The PEI Fishermen’s Association’s LFA 24 Lobster Advisory Committee held a conference call this morning with all harbour representatives to discuss weather/ice conditions and the opening date.  The Advisory Committee reached unanimous agreement to recommend an opening of Friday, May 8th, 2015 for the LFA 24 Lobster fishery on PEI.  Department of Fisheries & Oceans (DFO) is considering this request.  Final confirmation from DFO is expected later today.  The PEIFA will update members ...

Lobster Fishery Opening

Lobster Fishery Opening Lobster Fishing Area 4B ( Notre Dame Bay) in NAFO Division 3K. DFO wishes to advise  lobster harvesters in Lobster Fishing Area 4B North Head to Cape Freels in Notre Dame Bay that the fishery will open at 06:00 hours on May 09, 2015. Fish harvesters are reminded that they are not permitted to retrieve their gear or possess lobsters during the initial 48 hour gear-setting period after the announced opening date. Lobster Fishery Opening in Lobster Fishing Areas 3 ...

PEI Lobster Season Opening

The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA) and Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada (DFO) held a conference call today to discuss the opening date for the PEI Spring Lobster season.  PEI Lobster Fishing Area (LFA) Advisory Committees also held conference calls this morning.  Ice conditions have been improving but remain a factor affecting the opening in each area. After consultation with DFO and LFA 26A Advisory Committee representatives, there is agreement to hold ...

New Lobster Committee Supports Industry Fee

On Friday April 24th, the Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association’s lobster members met to address the topic of mandatory financial contributions for the betterment of the lobster industry. In response to the proposed amendment to the Coastal Resources Act, the Lobster committee motioned that it would be in favor of a flat fee to fund lobster promotion and other sustainability initiatives. The amendment, now in its third reading, does not outline specific plans for funding or industry developm...

Inshore Shrimp Fishery Opening

DFO advises that the inshore shrimp fishery in Shrimp Fishing Areas (SFA) 4, 5, and 6, for vessels less than 100 feet, based in NAFO Divisions 2J, 3K north, and 3K south will open at 0600 hours on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Less than 100 feet vessels based in 3L and 4R remain closed at this time. Licence fees and licence conditions are available through the national online licencing system (NOLS). Fish harvesters are reminded that at-sea observer coverage must be arranged prior to commenc...