3NO Whelk Emerging Fishery – Expressions of Interest process

Fisheries and Oceans, Newfoundland and Labrador Region is seeking additional Expressions of Interest for an Emerging Fishery project for Whelk [i.e. Common Northern or Waved Whelk (Buccinum undatum)] in NAFO Divisions 3NO.

Harvesters who have already submitted an Expression of Interest form, prior to August 25, 2014, do not need to resubmit their applications.

New harvesters  wishing to participate in the exploratory and commercial portions (if any) of this project will be required to contribute to all elements of the stock assessment process, including gearing up vessels appropriately, with costs being covered by the enterprise;   fishing within a defined  science survey grid pattern; contributing to comprehensive, enhanced reporting of all multi-year exploratory fishing activity, including Post Season Review discussions; and other requirements, as dictated by the New Emerging Fisheries Policy.

Interested harvesters, with homeports based in NAFO Divisions 2J, 3K, 3L and 3Ps are eligible to submit an Expression of Interest and should contact the Department to request a “2016 Emerging Fisheries application form”.

Eligibility Criteria:

1.            Enterprises must have a homeport based in NAFO Divisions 2J, 3K, 3L or 3Ps.

2.            Only Independent Core enterprises will to be eligible to participate.

3.            All applications must be signed by the head of the Independent Core enterprise.

Depending on the level of interest, harvesters who submit an Expression of Interest are not guaranteed an opportunity to participate in this project.

Full information on the New Emerging Fisheries Policy can be found online at:

The deadline for Submissions of Expressions of Interest will be 5:00pm Monday, July 11, 2016.

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