DFO recently advised that, at the request of industry, the opening of the Bluefin tuna fishery for vessels fishing home waters in NAFO Division 3LNOP is delayed until 0600 hours on Saturday, October 15, 2016.
Amended licence conditions are available on the National Online Licensing System (NOLS). Tuna tags and ICCAT forms are available at DFO detachment offices in Bay Roberts, Marystown and Placentia.
For fish harvesters who have already purchased tuna tags, licence conditions must be returned to one of the three noted DFO offices and new conditions updated with tag numbers.
Harvesters are reminded that use of VMS is mandatory for the 2016 season.
Additionally, hails at the time a fish is landed on board is also required for 2016.