2018 Newfoundland and Labrador Recreational Groundfish Fishery


DFO advises that in 2018, the recreational groundfish fishery will be open for a total of 39 days.

For the 2018 season, there is no requirement for licences or tags.


Dates of seasons


Summer Season:


Saturday, June 30, 2018 to Monday, July 2, 2018

Saturday, July 7, 2018 to Monday, July 09, 2018

Saturday, July 14, 2018 to Monday, July 16, 2018

Saturday, July 21, 2018 to Monday, July 23, 2018

Saturday, July 28, 2018   to Monday, July 30, 2018

Saturday, August 4, 2018 to Monday, August 6, 2018

Saturday, August 11, 2018 to Monday, August 13, 2018

Saturday, August 18, 2018 to Monday, August 20, 2018

Saturday, August 25, 2018 to Monday, August 27, 2018

Saturday, September 1, 2018 to Monday, September 3, 2018


Fall Season:

Saturday, September 22, 2018 to Sunday, September 30, 2018. 


The recreational groundfish fishery will occur in all NAFO areas /subareas 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 Areas. 

Recreational fishers are limited to five (5) groundfish per day (including Cod). However, the maximum boat limit when three or more people are fishing is 15 groundfish. 

Provisions will continue that allow a disabled or visually impaired person to designate someone to catch their daily limit of groundfish. Information is available at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Client Service Centres or online at  First time applicants need to download, complete and have their doctor/ophthalmologist complete a section of the form.

For 2018, tour boat operators will be eligible to apply for a license to seek an increased trip limit. This license will have harvest reporting requirements. 

Further details on all applicable Management Measures can be found at  or by calling 709-772-4423 for Recreational fishing.

For safety reasons, fishing is only permitted from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset. The public is reminded to follow safe boating practices and be aware of local weather and sea conditions before leaving port.

Participants in the recreational groundfish fishery are further reminded to inspect their catch carefully for pink or yellow tags, located on the back of the fish. The tags are uniquely numbered and have a DFO address and reward value ($10 or $100) printed on them. Participants should return the tag along with the location and date of capture, and include their mailing address, to claim the tag reward. 

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Regions gives notice that Variation Order 2017-056 & 2015-125 have been revoked and Variation Order 2018-091 & 2018-093 come into effect on June 13, 2018. 

If you would like to have all "Notices to Anglers" for recreational fisheries sent directly to you by email please contact:



Gary Bruce
A/Resource Manager
Fisheries Management Branch
Tel. (709) 772-4438