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Notice to Fish Harvesters - Soft-Shell Closed Areas for Crab and Shrimp in NAFO Division 3K - nf.24.162

June 21, 2024





Jun. 21, 2024

Soft-Shell Closed Areas for Crab and Shrimp in NAFO Division 3K

DFO advises that in accordance with the soft-shell protocol, the following grid in Crab Fishing Area 4 in NAFO Division 3K will close to fishing Snow Crab and Northern Shrimp at midnight on Sunday, June 23, 2024 due to a high incidence of soft-shell crab:

Grid AB 39

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.

The closure for Northern shrimp is in effect for 60 days, and will re-open on August 21, 2024, if the shrimp fishery is open at that time.

Grid quandrant AB 39 is defined as the area bounded by the following coordinates:

50° 50′ North, 54° 00′ West;

50° 50′ North, 53° 50′ West;

50° 40′ North, 53° 30′ West;

50° 40′ North, 54° 00′ West; and,

50° 50′ North, 54° 40′ West;

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Orders 2024-085 and 2024-086 have been revoked and Variation Orders 2024-087 and 2024-088 come into effect on June 22, 2024.

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

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:
Alex Riggs
A/Resource Manager
Resource Management and Indigenous Fisheries
Tel: 709-682-9915