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Clarification: 2J Catch Limits - Cod Stewardship Fishery

July 22, 2019




Jul. 22, 2019

Clarification: 2J Catch Limits – Cod Stewardship Fishery

Season dates and catch limits for the 2019 2J3KL Cod Stewardship fishery are as indicated below.

Season Dates

In NAFO division 2J, the fishery will open on Sunday, August 4 and is scheduled to close on Saturday November 9, 2019.

In NAFO divisions 3KL, the fishery will open Sunday August 11 and is scheduled to close on Saturday November 16, 2019.

Catch Limits (all weights are round weight)

NAFO Division 2J:

August 4 – August 31: 4,000 lbs / week

September 1 – November 9: 7,000 lbs / week

* During the periods September 29 – October 31 and November 1 – November 9harvesters may elect to fish a single trip with a catch limit of 28,000 lbs rather than the weekly limit of 7,000 lbs.

NAFO Divisions 3KL:

August 11 – August 31: 2,000 lbs / week

September 1 – September 28: 3,000 lbs / week

September 29 – November 16: 3,500 lbs / week

For fish harvesters that have acquired additional cod shares through enterprise combining adjusted catch limits will be identified in their licence conditions.

Fall-only Fishery Option (applicable to NAFO Divisions 3KL only)

Fish harvesters have the option of fishing the entire season at the weekly catch limits identified above, or they may opt to fish only during the fall from September 29 to November 16, with a base weekly limit of 7,000 lbs / week. Fish harvesters that choose the Fall-only fishery option will not be able to fish prior to September 29.

To ensure a harvest opportunity for those that select the Fall-only fishery option, the total catch up to September 28 will be limited to approximately 75% of the maximum authorized harvest level.

Fish harvesters that want to avail of the Fall-only fishery option MUST indicate their intention in writing via e-mail to no later than Sunday July 28, 2019.  Harvesters are to provide their full name, FIN and homeport in the email.

Additional Information:

Should in-season adjustments to catch limits or seasons be required, updates will be communicated to harvesters via a Notice to Fishers.

The Conservation Harvesting Plan (CHP) for the 2J3KL Stewardship cod fishery will be posted online shortly and will include further details on the 2019 management approach.


For information, contact:
Ellen Careen
Resource Management
Tel. (709) 772-5845