April 19, 2021 

Seal Fishery opening - April 20, 2021

DFO advises Newfoundland and Labrador seal harvesters that the seal fishery for Ringed Seals will reopen in Sealing Area 4 at 0600 hours on Tuesday April 20, 2021. This includes personal use and vessel classes N300, N301 and N302.

DFO further advises that as per Section 6(3) of the Marine Mammal Regulations, members of the public that reside immediately adjacent to Sealing Area 4 and fish for seals for food purposes, this hunt will reopen on Tuesday April 20, 2021.

DFO encourages all participants in the seal fishery to use extreme caution specifically in the Lake Melville area given the abnormal ice conditions.

Commercial seal harvesters are reminded to check with their buyers to confirm a market for their seals before going sealing and that licences and licence conditions are available through DFO’s National Online Licencing System.

Additionally, all Commercial and Personal Use Sealers are reminded that landings must be hailed in daily, as per licence conditions.

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Order 2021-019 has been revoked and Variation Order 2021-031 comes into effect on April 20, 2021.

“Notices to Fish Harvesters” for all commercial fisheries and “Notices to the Public” 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” or “Notices to the Public” sent directly to you by email please contact:



Mark Simms
Area Chief, Resource Management, Labrador Area Office
(709) 896-6157