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, ...