September 26, 2019


2019 2J3KL Cod Stewardship Fishery- Catch & Gear Limits as of Sept 29th

As per the 2019 Conservation and Harvesting Plan (CHP), DFO reminds fish harvesters of the following changes to the base authorized weekly limits and maximum authorized number of nets commencing September 29th.

For fish harvesters who have acquired additional cod shares through enterprise combining, adjusted catch limits will be identified in your licence conditions.

Harvesters are reminded that they are to ensure that weekly landing limits are not exceeded by setting only the amount of fishing gear that is necessary to catch the weekly limits.

Conditions of license are available online through the National Online Licensing System.

CATCH LIMITS (all weights are round weight)

NAFO Division 2J:

September 1 – November 9: 7,000 lbs / week

NAFO Divisions 3KL:

September 29 – November 16:

Regular Season Fishers: 3,500 lbs / week

Fall-only Fishing Option: 7,000 lbs/week


Commencing September 29th, the maximum authorized number of nets onboard the vessel or in the water at any one time is as follows:

Authorized catch limit up to and including 3,500 lbs = 6 nets

Authorized catch limit greater than 3,500 lbs up to and including 7,000 lbs = 9 nets

Authorized catch limit greater than 7,000 lbs up to and including 14,000 lbs = 12 nets

Authorized catch limit greater than 14,000 lbs = 15 nets

To ensure that the total harvest remains within the maximum authorized harvest, the Department may make adjustments during the season. We will continue to monitor this fishery closely. If a decision is made to make an adjustment, it will be communicated in advance to harvesters via a Notice to Fishers.

“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:


Ellen Careen
Resource Management
Tel. (709) 772-5845