The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced an overall 13 per cent quota cut for the 2016 snow crab fishery off Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for Newfoundland and Labrador Region in 2016 is 43,802 tonnes, an overall quota level decrease of approximately 13 per cent from 2015, which includes a 20 per cent reduction in most areas of 3K, 30 per cent reduction in the overall 3Ps quota, 20 per cent reduction in the areas outside the 200-mile limit in divisions 3LNO and 20 per cent reductions in some areas inside the 200-mile limit.
Quotas in 4R will remain at 2015 levels. This includes the amount for the Collaborative Post-Season Trap Survey (Use of Fish). Quotas in 2HJ will be finalized after the stakeholder advisory.
The season in many areas is scheduled to start April 4.