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Notice to Fish Harvesters - Groundfish Fisheries closed for the 2023 Season - nf.23.324

December 19, 2023





Dec. 19, 2023

Groundfish Fisheries closed for the 2023 Season

DFO reminds fish harvesters that the following Groundfish fisheries are closed for the Newfoundland and Labrador-based fleets:

 NAFO Area 2 + Divisions 3KLMNO and 4RST Greenland halibut (turbot) fisheries

 NAFO Divisions 3NO, 3Ps, 4RST, Sub-Division 3Pn inshore fixed gear Atlantic halibut commercial fisheries

 NAFO 3NO White hake, Skate and Monkfish inshore fleet fisheries

 The Stewardship cod fishery in NAFO Divisions 2J3KL.

 Lumpfish fishery in all NAFO areas in Newfoundland and Labrador Region

 NAFO Divisions 3KL Winter flounder (Blackback) fishery

 NAFO Division 4R Witch flounder fishery

 Unit 1 Redfish index fishery for the inshore mobile gear fleet

 3Pn portion of the Unit 2 Redfish fishery for mobile-gear fleets

 Unit 2 Redfish fishery for the mobile-gear fleet based in NAFO Division 4R and Sub-Division 3Pn

 NAFO Sub-Division 3Ps Skate mobile gear fishery.

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Orders 2023-099, 2023-260, 2023-262, 2023-269, 2023-278, 2023-279, 2023-281 and 2023-291 have been revoked and Variation Orders 2023-300, 2023-301, 2023-302, 2023-303, 2023-304, 2023-305, 2023-306 and 2023-307 will come into effect at 2359 hours on December 31, 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

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:
Robyn Morris
Senior Resource Manager
(709) 690-5021