Oct. 27, 2016


Public Consultations - Implementing a Licence and Tags regime for the recreational groundfish fishery

On May 20, 2016 Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced its intention to implement a licence and tags management regime for the recreational groundfish fishery in the Newfoundland and Labrador Region, commencing with the 2017 season. The proposed licencing regime will be applicable to members of the general public, and also to tour boat operators.

The Department is now commencing a public consultations process to seek views on the both the proposed regulatory changes and the proposed management measures for the recreational groundfish fishery.   The consultation runs from November 1-30, 2016 inclusive.

The public and industry will have a variety of methods via which they can provide comments to DFO:

  1. Information on the proposed regulatory changes to provide for a recreational groundfish licence, and the associated management measures is available online on the Newfoundland and Labrador regional departmental website at:


The website provides an option via which to submit written comments.


  1. Comments , written submissions or any related questions can also be submitted directly to the following  DFO email address:


  1. Optionally, any written feedback can be submitted to by mail to: Recreational Groundfish Public Consultations, Resource Management and Aboriginal Fisheries, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, P.O. Box 5667, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5X1. 


All written comments and formal submissions should be provided to the Department by Wednesday November 30, 2016.


  1. Public meetings will be held at the following locations in the coming weeks:


Community                 Location                        Date                                        Time

St. John’s                  Capital Hotel                  Thursday, November 03              7 to 9 pm

Clarenville                 Clarenville Inn                Monday, November 07               7 to 9 pm

Gander                      Albatross Hotel              Tuesday, November 08               7 to 9 pm

Corner Brook              Civic Centre                   Wednesday, November 09          7 to 9 pm

Mary’s Harbour           River Lodge Hotel            Monday, November 14               7 to 9 pm


All members of the public and industry are invited to participate in these consultations. There is no requirement to pre-register to attend any of these public meetings.