Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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DFO advises of the following 3L lobster area opening and closing dates:

Note all opening times are 0600 hours and all closing times are 2000 hours.

LFA 5 (Bonavista Bay): May 8, 2023 to July 13, 2023
LFA 6 (Trinity Bay): April 24, 2023 to June 30, 2023
LFA 7 (Conception Bay): April 29, 2023 to July 4, 2023
LFA 8 (Southern Shore): May 9, 2023 to July 13, 2023
LFA 9A (Trepassey Bay): April 28, 2023 to June 25, 2023
LFA 9B (St. Mary’s Bay): April 27, 2023 to July 7, 2023

Harvesters are reminded that they are not permitted to retrieve fishing gear or possess lobsters during the initial 48 hour gear-setting period after the opening date.

Harvesters are also reminded they are permitted to harvest bait for the lobster fishery as per the conditions of their bait licence.
Licence fees and licence conditions will soon be available in the National Online Licencing System (NOLS).

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Order 2023-031 has been revoked and Variation Order 2023-033 comes into effect on April 19, 2023.

"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:

Terri Healey
A/ Area Fisheries Manager
(709) 772-5845

Kelly Firmage-O'Brien
A/ Senior Area Fisheries Manager
(709) 685-0344