Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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Seal Fishery Closing

DFO advises that both the Commercial fishery and Personal Use fishery for Harp seals and Hooded seals will close in all areas to all seal harvesters and all fleets based in Newfoundland and Labrador at 1800 hours on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. 

This is the annual closure to allow time for seal whelping and nursing.

Re-opening dates for the 2022 season for these Seal fisheries, in both the Gulf and on the Front, will be announced at a later date.

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Order 2021-031 has been revoked and Variation Order 2022-009 comes into effect on March 8, 2022.

"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:

Connie Dobbin-Vincent
Resource Manager
Tel. (709) 772-6319