DFO advises that both the Commercial fishery and Personal Use fishery for Harp seals and Hooded seals will close in all areas to all seal harvesters and all fleets based in Newfoundland and Labrador at 1800 hours on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.

This is the annual closure to allow time for Seal whelping and nursing.

Re-opening dates for the 2023 season for these Seal fisheries, in both the Gulf and on the Front, will be announced at a later date.

“Notices to Fish Harvesters” for all commercial fisheries are now available online under the Fishery Notices link on the DFO NL Region webpage at http://www.nfl.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/en

If you would like to have all “Notices to Fish Harvesters” for commercial fisheries sent directly to you by email please contact: danielle.nichols@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

For information, contact:
Jackie Kean
Resource Manager
Tel. (709) 689-8246
E-mail: jackie.kean@dfo-mpo.gc.ca