Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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Reminder - Lost Gear Reporting 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) would like to remind harvesters that the reporting of lost gear is mandatory in all commercial fisheries as outlined in commercial fishing license conditions.

In July 2021 Fisheries and Oceans Canada launched an online Fishing Gear Reporting System. Fish harvesters can now easily access and submit the required lost or retrieved gear reporting forms simply and efficiently. This reporting helps the Department and other partners locate and remove lost gear from our waters and, in many cases, return the gear to its rightful owner. 

Access to the reporting system as well as PDF forms, if required, continue to be available at the commercial reporting website. Harvesters may report their lost and retrieved gear through either the reporting system or through ELOGS, if available. If you have questions or require assistance using the reporting system, please E-mail:

Commercial reporting website: Reporting requirements for commercial fisheries

New reporting system: Sign in

PDF versions, if required:

Lost fishing gear form: Lost fishing gear form

Retrieval of previously reported lost fishing gear form: Retrieval of previously reported lost fishing gear form

"Notices to Fish Harvesters" for all commercial fisheries are now available online under the Fishery Notices link on the DFO NL Region webpage at Newfoundland and Labrador Region

If you would like to have all "Notices to Fish Harvesters" for commercial fisheries sent directly to you by email please contact:

For information, contact:

Beth Ann Hawco
Regional Ghost Gear Coordinator