Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers Bust Two Separate Salmon Poaching Operations
Recent tips from the public about the illegal netting and selling of wild Atlantic salmon on the Baie Verte Peninsula have resulted in two males facing charges under the Federal Fisheries Act.
Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers from the Springdale office led an extensive surveillance operation in the Brent’s Cove area of the Baie Verte Peninsula. Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers from Grand Falls-Windsor, Stephenville and Corner Brook detachments were also involved in the operat...
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° ...
Capelin Fixed Gear Fishery Opening in Portions of Area 14
DFO advises that the Capelin fixed gear fishery using traps and bar seine (including modified bar seine known as "tuck seine"), for vessels less than 65 feet, in Capelin Fishing Area 14 from Big Brook to Cape Bauld and east of a line drawn between the following points: 51 degrees 20 minutes North, 56 degrees 57 minutes West and 51 degrees 57 minutes North, 55 degrees 21 minutes West will open at 0600hrs on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.
All fish harvesters are reminded that dockside monitoring ...
Bluenose II Public Harbour Tour Schedule Posted
The Bluenose II public harbour tour schedule has been posted now that Capt. Phil Watson has deemed the crew ready to sail.
The schedule is subject to change in the event of unfavourable sailing conditions.
"We can now say with confidence that the Bluenose II will be back as Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador this summer," said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. "Nova Scotians and visitors from all over Canada, and the world, will have the chance to see and ...
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...
Crew Safe After Vessel Sinks Off N.B. Coast
Four fishermen from Tignish were rescued in the waters off Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick Sunday morning after their vessel took on water.
The vessel was 154 kilometres east of Shippagan, N.B. and 93 kilometres northeast of Tignish, P.E.I.
Joint Task Force Atlantic says a distress signal came from the vessel's beacon after 4 a.m. AT. A Cormorant helicopter, a Hercules aircraft, a Coast Guard vessel and another fishing vessel in the area responded.
The fishermen were airlif...
DFO Increases P.E.I. Tuna Allocation by 20 Per Cent
Tuna fishermen in Prince Edward Island will now have an opportunity to catch more of the highly sought-after fish.
Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea announced Friday a 30-tonne increase in the Island’s 2015 allocation.
The Island’s allocation last year was 125.86 metric tonnes and the 331 Island boats that participated in the fishery came to within 28.9 kilograms of filling it.
This year, the fleet will be able to fish 155.95 tonnes.
“Our Government was successful in ...
Extension to Lobster Season in Area 4B (Notre Dame Bay)
DFO wishes to advise harvesters that the lobster season in NAFO Division 4B has been extended and will now close at 20:00 hrs on Saturday July 11, 2015.
All gear must be removed from the water by closing time.
The extension has been granted due to lost fishing time due to ice.
However, DFO advised fish harvesters that the Lobster fishery in several Western NL Lobster Fishing Areas will close at 2000hrs as follows:
- Lobster Fishing Area 12 (NAFO sub-Division 3Pn) will close on ...
DFO Extends P.E.I. and N.B. Lobster Seasons Four Days
Lobster fishermen in areas of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick have been granted a four-day extension to their seasons, past next weeks' scheduled closure date of July 1.
According to a statement from Canada's Fishery Minister Gail Shea, fishing in all of P.E.I.'s Gulf lobster fishing areas will be extended four days past the scheduled closure. This includes LFAs 23, 24 , 26A and 26B.
"I have listened at the requests of our hard-working fishermen over the past few weeks and I am ...
Capelin Fixed Gear Fishery Opening in a Portion of Area 14
DFO advises that the capelin fixed gear fishery using traps and bar seine (including tuck seine), for vessels less than 65 feet, in a portion of Capelin Fishing Areas 14 will open at 0600hrs on Thursday, June 25, 2015.
The specific capelin quota zone that is opening is that portion from a line drawn due west of Point Riche, north to a line drawn due west of Big Brook.
All fish harvesters are reminded that dockside monitoring requirements are in place for this fishery. Licence conditions ...