2018 Homewaters Bluefin Tuna Fishery Opening

DFO advises that Bluefin tuna fishery for vessels fishing home waters in NAFO Divisions 3LNOP will open at 0600 hours on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

Tags are only available to those harvesters who have declared they will fish homewaters and must be purchased by July 31, 2018.

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.

Harvesters are reminded that the use of VMS is mandatory for the 2018 season. Additionally, hails at the time the animal is landed on board is also required for 2018. This hail is in addition to the dockside monitoring hail. This can be provided through either a fax or by calling the toll-free number provided in licence conditions.

Angling gear only may be used while fishing within 12 nautical miles of the nearest point of land.

Bluefin tuna harvesters are encouraged to return tuna heads to one of the locations listed in the Conservation Harvesting Plan.


The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Regions gives notice that Variation Order 2017-277 has been revoked and Variation Order 2018-158 comes into effect on July 17, 2018.

"Notices to Fish Harvesters" for all commercial fisheries are now available online under the Fishery Notices link on the DFO NL Region webpage at

If you would like to have all "Notices to Fish Harvesters" for commercial fisheries sent directly to you by email please contact:


Erin Dunne
Resource Manager - Pelagic and Freshwater Fisheries
Tel.(709) 772-2045