2019 Recreational Scallop Fishery, Newfoundland and Labrador

Recreational Scallop fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador. For the 2019 season, a recreational scallop licence is required to participate in this fishery.

Species and Area

Both Sea scallop (Placopecten magellanicus) and Iceland scallop (Chlamys islandica) are permitted to be harvested in the recreational scallop fishery.

The recreational scallop fishery will occur in all NAFO areas/subareas around Newfoundland and Labrador, which includes 2GH, 2J3KL, 3Ps, 3Pn and 4R. Two exceptions are the Eastport and Gilbert Bay Marine Protected Areas (MPA) where recreational scallop fishing will not be permitted.

Dates of season (subject to change)

January 1 through December 31

Management Measures

The management  approach for 2019 includes the continuation of retention limits currently in place. The daily bag limit for licence is 50 scallops per day. The possession level is 100 scallops.

As well, in 2019 recreational scallop licence holders will be allowed to fish in CANADIAN SHELLFISH SANITATION PROGAM (CSSP) closed areas, provided they respect the following conditions:

  • retaining only the adductor muscle (meat),
  • all Scallops harvested will be shucked where harvested,
  • if fishing in a closed area, may not fish outside that area during the same fishing trip,
  • must notify DFO of all anticipated harvesting activities in CSSP closed area(s).