2019 Newfoundland and Labrador Recreational Groundfish Fishery

DFO advises that in 2019, the recreational groundfish fishery will be open for a total of 39 days.

For the 2019 season, there is no requirement for licences or tags.


Dates of seasons

Summer Season:

Saturday, June 29, 2019 to Monday, July 1, 2019

Saturday, July 6, 2019 to Monday, July 08, 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2019 to Monday, July 15, 2019

Saturday, July 20, 2019 to Monday, July 22, 2019

Saturday, July 27, 2019 to Monday, July 29, 2019

Saturday, August 3, 2019 to Monday, August 5, 2019

Saturday, August 10, 2019 to Monday, August 12, 2019

Saturday, August 17, 2019 to Monday, August 19, 2019

Saturday, August 24, 2019 to Monday, August 26, 2019

Saturday, August 31, 2019 to Monday, September 2, 2019

Fall Season:

Saturday, September 21, 2019 to Sunday, September 29, 2019


The recreational groundfish fishery will occur in all NAFO areas/subareas around Newfoundland and Labrador, which includes 2GH, 2J3KL, 3Ps, 3Pn and 4R. Three exceptions are the Eastport, Gilbert Bay and Laurentian Channel Marine Protected Areas (MPA) where recreational groundfish fishing will not be permitted.

Recreational fishers are limited to five (5) groundfish per day (including Cod). However, the maximum boat limit when three or more people are fishing is 15 groundfish.

Provisions will continue that allow a disabled or visually impaired person to designate someone to catch their daily limit of groundfish. Information is available at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Client Service Centres or online at First time applicants are required to download, complete and have their doctor/ophthalmologist complete a section of the form. However, individuals who are seeking to renew a designation can complete the form electronically by saving it and sending via email or clicking submit at the bottom of the form during which time an email will be generated for the applicant.

For 2019, tour boat operators will be eligible to apply for a license to seek an increased trip limit. This license will have harvest reporting requirements.

Further details on all applicable Management Measures can be found at, or by calling 709-772-4423 for Recreational fishing.

For safety reasons, fishing is only permitted from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset. The public is reminded to follow safe boating practices and be aware of local weather and sea conditions before leaving port.

Participants in the recreational groundfish fishery are further reminded to inspect their catch carefully for pink or yellow tags, located on the back of the fish. The tags are uniquely numbered and have a DFO address and reward value ($10 or $100) printed on them. Participants should return the tag along with the location and date of capture, and include their mailing address, to claim the tag reward.

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Regions gives notice that Variation Order 2018-091 and 2018-093 have been revoked and Variation Order 2019-107 and 2019-108 come into effect on June 21, 2019.

If you would like to have all "Notices to Anglers" for recreational fisheries sent directly to you by email please contact:



Gary Bruce
Resource Management