Soft-Shell Closed Area for Crab in NAFO Division 3L

DFO advises that in accordance with the soft-shell protocol, the following grid quadrant in Crab Fishing Area 5A in NAFO Division 3L will close to fishing Snow crab at midnight on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 due to a high incidence of soft-shell crab:

Grid quadrant C8-D

This grid quadrant will be closed to Snow crab fishing for the remainder of the year. Harvesters should note that all gear in this grid quadrant shall be removed on your next fishing trip.

Grid quadrant C8-D is defined as the area bounded by the following coordinates:

48° 75' North, 53° 15' West;

48° 75' North, 53° 10' West;

48° 50' North, 53° 10' West;

48° 50' North, 55° 15' West; and,

48° 75' North, 53° 15' West;

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Order 2019-067 has been revoked and Variation Order 2019-069 comes into effect on May 29, 2019.

"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:

Martin Henri
Senior Resource Manager
Resource Management and Aboriginal Fisheries
Tel: (709) 772-4911