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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. ...

Illegal Netting of Inland Waters Results in $2,000 Fine and Prohibition for Port Hope Simpson Man

William Ward of Port Hope Simpson has been convicted of netting inland water in contravention of the Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery Regulations. Ward was convicted in Port Hope Simpson Provincial Court on April 23, 2015 and fined $2,000, prohibited for one year from participating in any recreational fishery and forfeited his fishing net. Part of the evidence used to convict Ward was a trail camera which took pictures of the accused hauling the net. The Government of Canada is committed ...

P.E.I. Mussel Industry Back to Full Production After Record Winter

The PEI mussel industry is once again back on the water and able to supply their famous mussels after an unprecedented winter on Prince Edward Island. This past winter, however, brought record snowfalls to Prince Edward Island with over 18 feet (551 cm) being accumulated in some areas. The weight of this snowfall affected the ice conditions and made harvesting extremely difficult. “Ensuring the safety of our farmers and employees was first and foremost as ice conditions were constantly ...

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.