June 11, 2021

3Ps Fixed Gear Skate and Monkfish Fisheries Opening

DFO advises that the fixed gear skate and monkfish fisheries in NAFO subdivision 3Ps (units d, e, f, g and h) will open at 0600 hours on Monday, June 14, 2021.

The fixed gear skate and monkfish fisheries in NAFO subdivision 3Ps (units a, b, and c) remains closed.

DFO also advises that the retention of Atlantic halibut bycatch by fixed-gear vessels less than 65 feet directing for Skate/Monkfish in NAFO Sub-Division 3Ps (units d, e, f, g and h) is permitted. By-catch limits are outlined in harvesters Groundfish General Licence Conditions.

Harvesters are reminded that as outlined in their conditions of licence, all cod caught, whether from directed catch or by-catch, will be charged against the harvester’s IQ or harvesting cap for their licence in 3Ps. Once a harvester has caught their cod IQ or harvesting cap, whether it is from directed fishing or as by-catch, the harvester must cease fishing for all species of groundfish in 3Ps for the remainder of the year.

Licence conditions are available on the National Online Licencing System (NOLS).

"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:



Jodi Riggs-Power
Resource Management
Tel: 709-279-7626