Season Extension Crab Fishing Area 2J South of 54 40
DFO advises that the Snow Crab season for Crab Fishing NAFO 2J South of 54 40 has been extended to July 22, 2015 at 2000hrs.
Fish harvesters are reminded to apply through the National Online Licencing System, if they are engaged in, and wish to continue a buddy-up arrangement.
DFO will continue to monitor soft-shell and implement the soft-shell protocol as required.
Expression of Interest for 2+3k August Greenland Halibut Fishery
DFO advises fish harvesters who wish to participate in the August portion of the 2015 fixed gear fishery for Greenland halibut (turbot) in NAFO Divisions 2+3K, that they must submit an Expression of Interest Application to the Fisheries Science Stewardship and Sustainability Board (FSSSB) by Thursday, July 23, 2015.
The Sustainability Board has mailed Expression of Interest Applications for the August fishery to all enterprise owners who fished for NAFO Divisions 2+3K Greenland halibut ...
Halibut Fishery Opening in 4R for Quebec Region Fleet
DFO advises that the Halibut fishery in NAFO Division 4R, for vessels based in the Quebec Region, will open at 0430 hrs EDT on July 8, 2015 and close on July 10, 2015 at 0600hrs EDT.
The specific vessel class affected by this opening and closing is A127 (Halibut fishers based in Gaspésie from the “Autres” group).
However, DFO also advised that the Greenland Halibut fishery in NAFO Division 4R for Quebec Region Vessel Classes A213 (Competitive fisher of Greenland halibut Upper and ...
3NO Skate, Monkfish and Hake Fisheries Opening
DFO advises that the Inshore fishery in NAFO Divisions 3NO for skate, monkfish and hake for vessels using longline and gillnet will open on July 7, 2015 at 0600hrs.
This applies to vessel classes A251, A254, A257, A260, A263, A266, A269, and A272.
Licence conditions can be obtained at the Eastern, Central and Labrador Client Services Centre, St. John’s.
Cod Fishery Opening in NAFO Divisions 4RS and Sub-Division 3Pn
DFO advises that the directed competitive cod fishery in NAFO Divisions 4RS and sub-Division 3Pn, for fixed gear vessels less than 65 feet, using six gillnets or 2,000 hooks, will open at 0600hrs on Monday, July 6, 2015.
This opening is for the following vessel classes:
Enterprises based in Western NL and Southern Labrador - 4R3Pn (A274, A275, A277, A278)
Enterprises based in 3Ps with overlap rights to 3Pn (A263, A266, A269,A272)
Fish harvesters are reminded of the following:
Soft-Shell Closed Area for Crab and Shrimp Fishing in NAFO Division 2J
DFO advises that in accordance with the soft-shell crab protocol, that Grids R39 and R40 in NAFO Division 2J will close to fishing snow crab and shrimp at midnight on Saturday, June 27, 2015 due to a high incidence of soft-shell crab.
All crab pots must be removed from this area.
These grids will re-open on August 27, 2015 for northern shrimp. The coordinates for these grids are:
52° 30’ North, 54° 00’ West
52° 30’ North, 53° 50’ West
52° 20’ North, 53° ...
Witch Flounder Fishery Opening in NAFO Sub-Divisions 3Ps and 4Rd
DFO advises that the Witch flounder (Greysole) fishery for vessels less than 65 feet, using Danish seine (vessel classes C50 and C351), will open in NAFO sub-Divisions 3Ps and 4Rd — from a line drawn due west of Cape Ray, north to a line drawn due west of Cape St. George until further notice.
Fish harvesters are reminded that licences and licence conditions are available through DFO’s National On-line Licencing System.
At-sea observer coverage services must be arranged before commen...
First Seasonal Opening Date for 4R Atlantic Halibut
DFO advises that the Atlantic Halibut hook and line (long line) fishery in NAFO Division 4RST, for fixed gear vessels less than 65 feet based in Western NL and Southern Labrador, will open at 0600hrs hours on MONDAY, June 22, 2015.
This fishery is open for vessel class A288 and will close at 2000hrs on June 28, 2015.
New conditions for this fishery must be obtained through the National Online Licencing System prior to engaging in fishing activities.
Buddy-up arrangements must be ...