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Click here for the following link to the full DFO Notice to Fishers:

http://peifa.org/members/docs/2022 SNOW CRAB-Notice to Fish Harvesters (Area 12 and 12E OPENING)[1].pdf 

2022 - SNOW CRAB FISHERY OPENING DATE : CRAB FISHING AREAS 12 (12, 18, 25 AND 26) and 12E

Moncton and Quebec April 11 , 2022

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announces the opening date of the snow crab fishery in Crab Fishing Areas 12 (12, 18, 25 and 26) and 12E. As per the Terms of Reference of theCommittee for setting the opening date for the fishery, the considerations to trigger the targeted fishery opening date includes:

  • The southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (including the Bay of Chaleurs) is ice free and fishing can occur in a safe manner.

  • The fishery may open even if some wharves are not entirely free of ice

The fishery in Crab Fishing Area 12 (12, 18, 25, 26) and Area 12E will open at 5:00 AM
Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT) on Wednesday April 13, 2022