DFO changes vessel length limit for inshore sub-fleets


Fisheries and Oceans Canada has increased the vessel length limit for the less than 40’ inshore sub-fleets in Newfoundland and Labrador.


The change will provide more consistency in all Atlantic Canada regions.


The department says this change will allow harvesters to choose the vessel that best suits their activities, and will help mitigate potentially dangerous modifications.


MP Ken McDonald said the change will allow "harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador to fish using a vessel up to 49’11” will mean they are safer on our open ocean, giving them and their families peace of mind."


The changes will come into effect for the 2023 fishing season.