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DFO Announces Opening Dates for Lobster Fishing Areas 24, 26A and 26B South

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced that the Lobster fishery in Lobster Fishing Area LFA 24, LFA 26A and LFA 26B South will open at 06:00 a.m. on Friday May 3, 2019. LFA 26A-1 from Point Prim to Victoria, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) will open at 6:00 a.m. on Monday May 6, 2019, subject to weather conditions. DFO wishes to remind fish harvesters to take extra care when navigating on the opening day of the lobster fishery as vessels are loaded with gear and traps. Harvesters are ...

Minister Announces Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan in Eastern Canada

Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard has announced the details of a $1.5-billion national Oceans Protection Plan. The Plan improves marine safety and responsible shipping, protects Canada's marine environment, and creates stronger partnerships with Indigenous and coastal communities. The plan meets or exceeds international standards and is supported by commitments to Indigenous co-management, environmental protections, and science-based standards....

Spring Lobster Season

Fishermen on Prince Edward Island and in areas of New Brunswick had an extra spring in their step on the morning of April 30. Hundreds of lobster boats took to the waters of lobster fishing areas (LFA) 20a, 22, 23, 24, 26a and 26b for the much anticipated spring fishery. Fishermen were reporting decent catches, but not at the levels of 2015. Early prices were in the $5.50-$6.60/pound range. The lobster fishery in LFA 25 does not open until August 9.

P.E.I. Halibut Fishery Opened Sept. 9

The Prince Edward Island September halibut season opened, September 9 at 6 a.m. It will remain open today (Sept. 10) and then, due to the pending weather forecast, will not reopen again until Monday Sept. 14 and Tuesday Sept. 15. Atlantic halibut fishers must ensure that while verifying catch weights during landings, their total weight is accurate. As the 2015, Atlantic halibut P.E.I. fleet license condition seasonal catch limit is stated in round weight, a conversion factor of 1.14 is ...

2015 Recreational Groundfish Fishery Opening

DFO advises that the dates for the 2015 summer Recreational groundfish Fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador will be Saturday, July 18 to Sunday, August 09, 2015, with a fall fishery from Saturday, September 19 to Sunday, September 27, 2015. The recreational groundfish fishery will occur in all NAFO areas around Newfoundland and Labrador, which includes 2GH, 2J3KL, 3Ps, 3Pn, and 4R. The public is reminded that fishing is not permitted in the Eastport and Gilbert Bay Marine Protected ...

3NO Skate, Monkfish and Hake Fisheries Opening

DFO advises that the Inshore fishery in NAFO Divisions 3NO for skate, monkfish and hake for vessels using longline and gillnet will open on July 7, 2015 at 0600hrs. This applies to vessel classes A251, A254, A257, A260, A263, A266, A269, and A272. Licence conditions can be obtained at the Eastern, Central and Labrador Client Services Centre, St. John’s.  

4R Atlantic Halibut – Second Seasonal Opening Date

DFO advises that the Atlantic Halibut hook and line (long line) fishery in NAFO Division 4RST, for fixed gear vessels less than 65 feet based in Western NL and Southern Labrador, will open at 0600hrs hours on Monday, July 6, 2015. This fishery is open for vessel class A289 and will close at 2000hrs on July 12, 2015. New conditions for this fishery must be obtained through the National Online Licencing System prior to engaging in fishing activities. Buddy-up arrangements must be ...

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...

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 ...

Mobile Gear Capelin Fishery Opening in 3L

DFO advises that the capelin fishery for vessels using Mobile gear will open on June 25, 2015 at 0600 hours in the following fishing areas; Bonavista Bay (CFA 5), Trinity Bay (CFA 6), Conception Bay (CFA 7) and St. Mary’s Bay (CFA 9). Licence conditions can be obtained through DFO’s National On-line Licencing System.