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 monitor fishing activity and will close the fishery if the incidental catch of cod exceeds the established protocols.
Fish harvesters are reminded that:
- All licence holders are required to hail-out, at least three hours before leaving port, to the DFO toll-free number at 1-877-637-4315;
- When the fishing trip in any portion of NAFO sub-Division 3Pn is in excess of 24 hours duration, and/or landings are made in ports outside the Newfoundland and Labrador Region, harvesters are required to hail-in the noted toll-free number.