Notice from The Department of Fisheries and Oceans


Feb. 23, 2024
Seal Fishery Closing
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 Friday, March 1, 2024.
This is the annual closure to allow time for Seal whelping and nursing.

Re-opening dates for the 2024 season for these Seal fisheries, in both the Gulf and on the Front, will be announced at a later date.

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Orders 2023-014 have been revoked and Variation Orders 2024-008 come into effect on February 24, 2024.

“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: