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FFAW Now Accepting Applications for Groundfish Industry Development Council Pilot Project

November 6, 2017

FFAW is accepting applications for the following project:

As a part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council’s management plan for 2017, the NLGIDC proposed a pilot project involving vessels fishing further from land than that observed during the current Stewardship fishery.  The intent is to determine the commercial viability (catch rate and quality using gillnets and longlines) of harvesting and delivering raw material from locations further from shore in areas traditionally fished by the inshore fixed gear fleet.

Project Details

  • 4 vessels per area from each of NAFO areas 2J, 3K and 3L
  • 2 vessels from each Division will fish with Gillnets (maximum 18 nets)
  • 2 vessels from each Division will fish with Hook & Line (maximum 5000 hooks)
  • Each of these 12 vessels will make one trip in the Division of their home port
    • For a maximum of 12 trips (4 in each of 2J, 3K, 3L)
  • Each vessel will be permitted 30,000 lbs round weight
  • Area fished is to be outside 20 miles from land
  • Project will end on the closing date of the fishery (November 30, 2017)
  • Standard monitoring of landings and logbook completion rules will apply
  • Hail out/hail in will be required

Applications are due by 4:30 pm on Friday, November 10, 2017. Participants will be chosen by random draw.

To obtain an application please contact Dwan Street at the FFAW St. John’s office (709) 576-7276 or

We thank you for your interest in this project. Only those successful in the draw will be contacted.