June 19, 2019


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

DFO advises that in accordance with the soft-shell protocol, the following grids in Crab Fishing Area Midshore in NAFO Division 3L will close to fishing Snow crab at midnight on Thursday June 20, 2019 due to a high incidence of soft-shell crab:

1. Grid I 22

2. Grid F 25

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

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Order 2019-103 has been revoked and Variation Order 2019-105 comes into effect on June 20, 2019.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