2J3KL Northern Cod Stewardship/Bycatch Fishery Opening

DFO advises that the Northern cod Stewardship/Bycatch fishery will open to fish harvesters based NAFO Divisions 2J3KL at 0600 hours on Sunday, July 30 2017. This will apply to Vessel class A292.

Licence conditions will be in effect for the period of July 30, 2017 to September 2, 2017.  Licence conditions for the period after September 2, 2017 will be made available shortly.  Licences and conditions are available through DFO’s National On-line Licencing System. 

Fish harvesters are reminded that they must renew their groundfish licence and arrange At-Sea Observer coverage services prior to fishing.

Compliance with management measures is essential for the success of this fishery. This includes the accurate completion and return of all logbooks, as per licence conditions.

Additionally, Fisheries and Oceans reminds fish harvesters that the waters adjacent to Petty Harbour to Maddox Cove are closed to the use of gillnets, longlines and cod pots year round.

Specifically, the area closed to these gear types is defined as: the waters adjacent to Petty Harbour to Maddox Cove, Newfoundland enclosed by the coastline and straight lines joining the following points, in the order in which they are listed:


47 29 03 N, 52 38 04 W

47 28 33 N, 52 36 W

47 25 42 N, 52 37 31 W

47 22 18 N, 52 40 36 W

47 22 40 N, 52 43 W


Further details on the management measures for this fishery can be found online at the Departmental website:

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Regions gives notice that Variation Order 2017-181 has been revoked and Variation Order 2017-183 comes into effect on July 28, 2017.

“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:



Julie Diamond
Resource Management
Tel. (709) 772-0695