2021-134, 2021-135 


July 5, 2021

Soft-Shell Closed Area 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 north will close to fishing for both Snow Crab and Northern Shrimp at midnight on Thursday, July 8, 2021 due to a high incidence of soft-shell crab:

  • Grid C 21
  • Grid C 22
  • Grid C 26
  • Grid D 24
  • Grid D 26

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 September 6, 2021, if the shrimp fishery is open at that time.

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Regions gives notice that Variation Orders 2021-079 and 2021-120 have been revoked and Variation Order 2021-134 and 2021-135 come into effect on July 6, 2021.

“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:



Kelly Dooley
A/Resource Manager