Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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Soft-Shell Closed Area for Crab in NAFO Division 3L

DFO advises that in accordance with the soft-shell protocol, the following grid in Crab Fishing Area Midshore in NAFO Division 3L will close to fishing Snow Crab at midnight on Thursday, August 24, 2023 due to a high incidence of soft-shell crab:

Grid N25

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 N25 is defined as the area bounded by the following coordinates:
47° 10' North, 50° 30' West
47° 00' North, 50° 30' West
47° 00' North, 50° 20' West
47° 10' North, 50° 20' West
47° 10' North, 50° 30' West

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Order 2023-227 has been revoked and Variation Order 2023-233 comes into effect on August 23, 2023.

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

Kailey Noonan
Resource Manager
Tel. (343)571-7596