Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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Soft-Shell Closed Area for Crab in NAFO Division 4R

DFO advises that in accordance with the soft-shell protocol, the following grid quadrant in Crab Fishing Area 12G in NAFO Division 4R will close to fishing Snow crab at midnight on Saturday, June 24, 2023 due to a high incidence of soft-shell crab:

Grid quadrant P 26-C

This grid will be closed to Snow crab fishing for the remainder of the year. Harvesters should note that all gear in this grid must be removed immediately. Gear must be hauled and not reset on your next fishing trip.

Grid quadrant P 26-C is defined as the area bounded by the following coordinates:

49° 32' 50’’ North, 57° 55' 00” West;

49° 32' 50’’ North, 57° 52' 50” West;

49° 30' 00’’ North, 57° 52' 50” West;

49° 30' 00’’ North, 57° 55' 50” West;

49° 32' 50’’ North, 57° 55' 00” West;

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Order 2023-100 has been revoked and Variation Order 2023-116 comes into effect on June 24, 2023.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:

Martin Henri
Senior Resource Manager 
Resource Management and Indigenous Fisheries
Tel: (709) 693-4744