Soft-Shell Closed Areas for Crab and Shrimp in NAFO Division 3K

DFO advises that in accordance with the soft-shell protocol, the following grids in Crab Fishing Area 4 in NAFO Division 3K will close to fishing Snow Crab and Northern Shrimp at midnight on Thursday, July 5, 2018 due to a high incidence of soft-shell crab:

1. Grid AA 45

2. Grid AB 44

3. Grid AB 45

These grids will be closed to Snow crab fishing for the remainder of the year. Harvesters should note that all gear in these grids shall be removed on your next fishing trip.

The closure for Northern shrimp is in effect for 60 days, and will re-open on September 5, 2018, if the shrimp fishery is open at that time.

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Order 2018-119 and 2018-127 have been revoked and Variation Orders 2018-134 and 2018-133 come into effect on July 4, 2018.

"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 :

David Ball
Resource Management
Tel.(709) 772-3732