Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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REMINDER: Marine Conservation Closures

DFO reminds harvesters that the following Marine Conservation Areas remain closed:

Hatton Basin Conservation Area

Hopedale Saddle Closure

Hawke Channel Closure

Funk Island Deep Closure

Northeast Newfoundland Slope Closure

Division 3O Coral Closure

Gilbert Bay Marine Protected Area

Eastport Marine Protected Area

Laurentian Channel Marine Protected Area

These areas have varying fisheries restrictions/prohibitions.

More information on the details of these conservation measures can be found at:

(English) Canada’s marine protected and conserved areas

(French) Aires marines protégées et conservées du Canada

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Orders 2017-304, 2017-307, 2017-308, 2018-011, 2018-012 and 2020-005 have been revoked, and Variation Orders 2023-038, 2023-039, 2023-040, 2023-041, 2023-042, 2023-043, 2023-044, 2023-045, 2023-046, 2023-047, 2023-048, 2023-049, 2023-050, 2023-051, 2023-052, 2023-053, 2023-054, 2023-055, 2023-056, 2023-057, 2023-058 and 2023-059 come into effect on April 27, 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:

Chelsea O'Driscoll
Senior Resource Manager
Resource Management and Indigenous Fisheries