Further to your Union’s request that DFO reopen the commercial mackerel fishery following a premature closure, we are pleased to report the DFO has announced an extension.
Announcement from DFO this afternoon:
Please note that upon further review, commerical catches in Atlantic mackerel fishery at 9191 tonnes. The Department will issue variation orders to open the commercial makerel fishery in all mackerel fishing areas as of 6:00 am Atlantic Standard Time on November 21, 2017.
The Department will continue to monitor commercial mackerel landings on a daily basis. Please be advised that the commercial mackerel fishery could be closed with short notice.