Lobster Fishing Area 14B Opening
DFO advises that the lobster fishery in Lobster Fishing Area 14B from a line drawn due west of Ferolle Point, North to a line drawn due west of Big Brook will open Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 0600hrs.
Traps may be set on May 20 and 21. No gear may be retrieved until May 22.
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.
Molluscan Shellfish Harvesting Re-opening in Notre Dame Bay
DFO advises that following acceptable water quality sampling by Environment Canada and shellstock sampling by CFIA, Notre Dame Bay will re-open for molluscan shellfish harvesting.
All waters within 3 km of the coastline and islands of western Notre Dame Bay from Cape St. John (located on the Baie Verte Peninsula approximate Lat/Lon 49.9717/-55.4759) east to North Head (located east of Fortune Harbour at approximate Lat/Lon 49.5437/-55.1594), will RE-OPEN for the harvesting of all bivalve ...
3Ps Cod Fishery Opening
DFO advises that the directed Cod fishery in NAFO sub-Division 3Ps d, e, f, g, h will open to mobile gear fleets at 12:01 hrs. on Friday, May 15, 2015.
Further, DFO advises that areas NAFO sub-Division 3Ps a, b and c, previously closed to protect spawning fish, will also open at 12:01 hrs on Friday May 15, 2015.
Fish harvesters are reminded that licence conditions are available on the National Online Licencing System (NOLS), including amended conditions for the inshore fixed gear fishers ...
Trout and Salmon Regulations Outlined
DFO advises that the 2015 summer trout season for Zone 1 (insular Newfoundland) opens on May 15, 2015, and will remain open until September 7, 2015.
Bag limits and possession limits for insular Newfoundland remain unchanged from 2014: daily bag limit for trout (includes speckled trout, brown trout, rainbow trout and ouananiche) is 12 trout or 5 pounds (2.25 kg) + 1 trout, round weight (which can be a combination of any of the species - speckled, brown, rainbow, ouananiche); possession limit ...
Several Fisheries Opening This Week
DFO advises that the Greenland Halibut fishery in NAFO Division 4R, for vessels based in the Quebec Region, will open on May 15, 2015 at 0430hrs (Quebec Time).
The specific fleet that this fishery is opened for is vessel class A221 (Competitive fishers of Greenland Halibut from Gaspe).
Aslo, the commercial herring fishery in Herring Fishing Area 11, from Western Head, Hare Bay to Cinq Cerf, will open for fixed gear vessels using gillnets and traps only, at 0600hrs on Saturday, May 16, ...
Softshell Closure in Crab Fishing Area 3D
DFO advises harvesters that, in accordance with the soft shell crab protocol, grid quadrant AI 32C, in Crab Fishing Area 3D will close to fishing snow crab in water depths greater than 180 fathoms at midnight on Saturday, May 15, 2015 due to a high incidence of soft-shell crab.
All crab traps must be removed from water depths greater than 180 fathoms.
DFO Requesting Turbot Fishery Expressions of Interest
DFO advises fish harvesters who wish to participate in the 2015 fixed gear fishery for Greenland halibut (turbot) in Division 2+3K that they must submit an Expression of Interest Application to the Fisheries Science Stewardship and Sustainability Board (FSSSB) by June 08, 2015.
The Sustainability Board has mailed Expression of Interest Applications for the June fishery to all enterprise owners who fished for 2+3K Greeenland Halibut(turbot) in 2013 and/or 2014.
Other licence holders are ...
Northern Harvest Sea Farms to Receive $8.15 Million to Expand Operations
Northern Harvest Sea Farms will receive $8.15 million through the Provincial Government’s Aquaculture Capital Equity Investment Program toward a $17.6 million expansion of its aquaculture operations in the Coast of Bays region on the province’s south coast.
Funding provided to expand Northern Harvest Sea Farms’ operations will go towards capital asset investments in grow-out technology including automatic feeding systems, nets, cages, underwater lighting, mooring and service vessels. ...
Atlantic Halibut Fishery Re-Opening in Sub-Division 3Pn
DFO advises that the Atlantic halibut fishery in a portion of NAFO sub-Division 3Pn, for vessels less than 65 feet using hook and line gear, will reopen at 06:00 HRS. on Saturday, May 16, 2014.
The specific area that will be opened is a portion of NAFO sub-Division 3Pn in water depths 125 fathoms or greater, or in a defined area outlined by specific coordinates. Fish harvesters should check their licence conditions, which outlines the specifics of the approved fishing area.
DFO will ...
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. ...