Notice to Recreational Fishers

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Gulf Region

Changes to the Scallop Recreational Fishery in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence

Moncton, NB – May 10, 2016 - Fisheries and Oceans Canada wishes to inform the public of the recent changes in the management of the scallop recreational fishery in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (Scallop Fishing Areas 21, 22, 23 and 24), starting in 2016.

The following management measures apply to the scallop recreational fishery:

Fishing Areas

Scallop Fishing Areas 21, 22, 23 and 24 - view scallop fishing area maps and geographical coordinates

Season

May 1st to October 31st

Minimum shell height

102 mm (4 inches) – see the management plan to learn how to measure a scallop

Daily fishing limits

  • 50 in Scallop Fishing Areas 21, 22 and 23
  • 100 in Scallop Fishing Area 24

Gear

Diving

Licence

A licence is required for this fishery. To obtain a licence, a request has to be made using the National Online Licensing System. If you require assistance, please contact the Client Support by email at fishing-peche@dfo-mpo.gc.ca or toll free at 1-877-535-7307.

Please visit the Scallop Recreational Fishing Plan for more information on this fishery.

Fishing areas may be closed at any time due to high bacterial and biotoxin levels. Please call the nearest Conservation and Protection Detachment or check the Gulf Regions Orders Registry for up-to-date openings and closures before harvesting.

To report any suspicious fishing activity, please contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

For more information on this fishery, please contact:

Frédéric Butruille
A/Regional Senior Fisheries Management Officer
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Moncton, New Brunswick
(506) 851-7358