Sep. 28, 2016


Bluefin Tuna Fishery Delayed Opening


DFO advises that, at the request of industry, the opening of the Bluefin tuna fishery for vessels fishing home waters in NAFO Division 3LNOP is delayed until 0600 hours on Saturday, October 15, 2016.


Amended licence conditions are available on the National Online Licensing System (NOLS). Tuna tags and ICCAT forms are available at DFO detachment offices in Bay Roberts, Marystown and Placentia.


For fish harvesters who have already purchased tuna tags, your licence conditions must be returned to one of the three noted DFO offices, and your new conditions updated with tag numbers.


Harvesters are reminded that use of VMS is mandatory for the 2016 season.  Additionally, hails at the time the animal is landed on board is also required for 2016.


The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Order 2016-098 has been revoked and Variation Order 2016-229 comes into effect on September 28, 2016.


“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 :


Contact :


Kimberley Penney

Resource Management

Tel.(709) 772-5020