May 19, 2017


2017 Newfoundland and Labrador Recreational Groundfish Fishery

DFO advises that in 2017, the recreational groundfish fishery will be open for a total of 46 days.

For the 2017 season, there is no requirement for licences or tags.

Dates of seasons

Summer Season:

Saturday July 01, 2017 to Monday July 03, 2017

Saturday July 8, 2017 to Sunday July 09, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017 to Sunday, August 06, 2017,

Saturday, August 12, 2017 to Sunday, August 13, 2017

 Saturday, August 19, 2017   to Sunday, August 20, 2017

 Saturday, August 26, 2017 to Sunday, August 27, 2017

Saturday September 02, 2017 to Monday, September 04, 2017

Fall Season:

Saturday, September 23, 2017 to Sunday, October 01, 2017


The recreational groundfish fishery will occur in all NAFO areas /subareas around Newfoundland and Labrador, which includes 2GH, 2J3KL, 3Ps, 3Pn, and 4R. The public is reminded that fishing is not permitted in the Eastport and Gilbert Bay Marine Protected Areas.

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.

For 2017, 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 , 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General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Regions gives notice that Variation Order 2016-272 has been revoked and Variation Order2017-056 comes into effect on May 20 2017.



Julie Diamond

Acting Senior Resource Manager

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador Region

Ph. 709 772 0695