June 19, 2019


Soft-Shell Closed Areas for Crab and Shrimp in NAFO Division 2J

DFO advises that in accordance with the soft-shell protocol, the following grids in Crab Fishing Area 2 in NAFO Division 2J will close to fishing Snow Crab and Northern Shrimp at midnight on Thursday, June 20, 2019 due to a high incidence of soft-shell crab:

Grids P 37 and P 38

These grids will be closed to Snow crab fishing for the remainder of the year. Harvesters should note that all gear in these grids must be removed immediately. Gear must be hauled and not reset on your next fishing trip.

The closure for Northern shrimp is in effect for 60 days, and will re-open on August 19, 2019, if the shrimp fishery is open at that time.

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Orders 2019-103 and 2019-093 have been revoked and Variation Orders 2019-105 and 2019-106 come into effect on June 20, 2019.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