July 9, 2020


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

DFO advises that in accordance with the soft-shell protocol, the following grid quadrant in Crab Fishing Area 3N200 in NAFO Division 3N will close to fishing Snow crab at midnight on Friday, July 10, 2020 due to a high incidence of soft-shell crab:

Grid AB 33

Grid AC 33

This 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General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Order 2020-108 has been revoked and Variation Order 2020-111 comes into effect on July 10, 2020.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