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Species and Area

American lobster (Homarus americanus): nearshore around the island of Newfoundland, Strait of Belle Isle and portion of Labrador coast (Fishing areas 3 – 14C).

Dates of season (subject to change)

LFA AREA Season Dates 2009
3 Cape Charles – Cape St. John May 17 to July 13
4A Notre Dame Bay West (Cape St. John - North Head) May 10 to July 6
4B Notre Dame Bay East (North Head- Cape Freels) May 10 to July 6
5 Bonavista Bay May 8 to July 11
6 Trinity Bay April 28 to July 8
7 Conception Bay May 1 to July 4
8 Southern Shore May 5 to July 8
9 Trepassey Bay ( Cape Race to Cape Pine) May 12 to July 8
9 St. Mary’s Bay ( Cape Pine to Cape St. Mary’s) May 10 to June 28
10  Placentia Bay

April 18 to June 27

11 Fortune Bay April 18 to June 20
12 Cinq Cerf to Cape Ray April 20 to June 27 
13A Cape Ray to Cape St. George April 20 to June 29
13B Cape St. George to Cape St. Gregory April 22 to July 2
14A Cape St. Gregory to Point Riche May 4 to June 29
14B Point Riche to Big Brook May 5 to June 30
14C Big Brook to Cape Bauld May 15 to July 10

Total Allowable Catch and Sharing Arrangements (if applicable)

The lobster fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador utilizes trap limits as a management measure for resource conservation and sustainability of the fishery. Limitations on the number of traps licenced to a specific harvester varies within the region.

LFA

AREA

Trap Limits

3

Cape Charles – Cape St. John

200

4A

Notre Dame Bay West (Cape St. John - North Head)

200

4B

Notre Dame Bay East (North Head- Cape Freels)

200

5

Bonavista Bay

150

6

Trinity Bay

100

7

Conception Bay

150

8

Southern Shore

100

9

Trepassey Bay ( Cape Race to Cape Pine)

200

9

St. Mary’s Bay ( Cape Pine to Cape St. Mary’s)

100

10

 Placentia Bay

200

11

Fortune Bay

200

12

Cinq Cerf to Cape Ray

150

13A

Cape Ray to Cape St. George

200

13B

Cape St. George to Cape St. Gregory

250

14A

Cape St. Gregory to Point Riche

300

14B

Point Riche to Big Brook

350

14C

Big Brook to Cape Bauld

300

Management Measures

The lobster fishery is a competitive fishery, which is managed using a number of controls: limited entry of harvesters into the fishery, trap limits and trap specifications, minimum size, released of egg-bearing female lobster, fishing seasons and closed areas, and the voluntary v-notching of female lobster.

DFO consulted on the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council (FRCC) report "Sustainability Framework for Atlantic Lobster,” holding sessions in 13 communities around the province. The consultations focused on current management measures, as well as additional measures for input control and reporting.

DFO-NL Region will extend the main principles of the previous plan into the new Lobster Integrated Fisheries Management Plan (2009-11). The new multi-year plan includes the introduction of a mandatory logbook, which will be implemented for the 2010 fishing season. DFO will work with industry and science on the development of a user-friendly logbook to assist DFO in capturing vital information about the resource.

Links to other information

Prepared by:

  • Communications Contact: Sam Whiffen, 709-772-7631

  • Program Contact: Kim Penney, 709-772-2045