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Please be advised that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has issued Variation Orders to close the commercial mackerel fishery in all mackerel fishing areas as of 11:30 a.m. Atlantic Time on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 for conservation purposes as commercial landings are near or have reached the Total Allowable Catch of 8,000 tonnes.
DFO will allow harvesters that do not have access to handline for bait to ask for a new licence condition to allow the use of hand line (instead of gillnets) for this year only. Harvesters are required to continue to report bait catches as noted in licence conditions. The new conditions will be valid until the end of November.