Atlantic Recreational Fishing Licence Program

(Groundfish) 2003

Table of Contents

What is the Atlantic Recreational Fishing Licence Program - Groundfish?

What are the objectives of the Program?

When can I fish?

Where can I fish?

Who can get a licence?

How do I get a licence?

How do I use the tags?

What kind of gear can I use?

How many fish can I take?

Are there any boat limitations?

Can I process or sell my fish?

Why do I have to keep a log?

What happens if I'm inspected by a fishery officer?

What do I need to know for the 2003 boating season?

All boaters born after April 1, 1983, operating a boat equipped with a motor and used for recreational purposes NOW require proof of operator competency onboard.

As of September 15, 2002, any person operating a boat under 4 meters in length that is equipped with a motor will be required to have proof of operator competency onboard.

In addition, children under the age of 12 are not permitted to operate a boat with a motor greater than 10 horsepower (7.5KW) unless accompanied and directly supervised by a person 16 years of age or older.

Youth who are 12 years and older but less than 16 years of age are not permitted to operate a boat with a motor greater than 40 horsepower (30KW) unless accompanied and directly supervised by a person 16 years of age or older.

No one under the age of 16 is permitted to operate a personal watercraft (PWC) regardless of supervision.

Proof of competency can take one of three forms:

For more information about mandatory safety equipment and how to obtain proof of operator competency refer to:

For information on boating safety, please call the toll free Infoline: 1-800-230-3693 in Newfoundland and Labrador.
NOTE: This is not a toll-free number for recreational fishery inquiries or questions.

Where can I call for more information

Newfoundland and Labrador

Bay Roberts (709) 786-3960
Placentia (709) 227-5911
Marystown (709) 279-7850
Clarenville (709) 466-8272
Twillingate (709) 884-2411
Springdale (709) 673-3218
Stephenville (709) 643-8000
Rocky Harbour (709) 458-3082
St. Anthony (709) 454-3866
Happy Valley-Goose Bay (709) 896-2924
Communications Branch (General Inquiries) (709) 772-0410

This pamphlet is not a legal document and does not contain all the details of the current fishing regulations. It is an abbreviated guide designed to help you interpret the rules. For more detail, consult a fishery officer or a DFO office listed in this pamphlet.

Cod Tag Rewards

(COD TAG REWARDS: Single yellow tag = $10 (tag numbers with prefix 'H' or 'HH') Single red tag = $10 (tag numbers with prefix 'SS') Double yellow tags = $20 (tag numbers with prefix 'H' or 'HH') Single pink tag = $100 tag numbers with prefix 'K')

Science Branch DFO Newfoundland Region has released several thousand tagged cod in recent years. Fishers are encouraged in the tags together with recapture information immediately after capture. Most tags have the value of the reward printed on them as well as a serial number and return address.

The Above rewards will be payed for each tag provided the serial number indicates the tag was released by DFO Science, Newfoundland Region. If possible state exact date, specific location of capture (latitude and longitude if possible), depth, length (cm), weight (kg) and gear used. Include a return address.

Cod with tags of other colours (orange fluorescent red) may also be caught; these may have been released by scientists from other regions and should be sent to the address printed on the tag itself. Rewards will not be paid for tags from other programs but the may offer a reward or lottery prize instead.

Return tags immediately to:

Cod Tag Rewards
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
P.O. Box 5667
St. John's NF A1C 5X1

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