July 3, 2020


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

DFO advises that in accordance with the soft-shell protocol, the following grid quadrant in Crab Fishing Area 3B in NAFO Division 3K will close to fishing Snow crab at midnight on Saturday, July 4, 2020 due to a high incidence of soft-shell crab:

Grid quadrant AF 23-B

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

Grid quadrant AF 23-B is defined as the area bounded by the following coordinates:

50° 10' North, 56° 35' West;

50° 05' North, 56° 35' West;

50° 05' North, 56° 30' West;

50° 10' North, 56° 30' West; and,

50° 10' North, 56° 35' West; 

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Order 2020-103 has been revoked and Variation Order 2020-108 comes into effect on July 4, 2020.

“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 Indigenous Fisheries
Tel: (709) 772-4911