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Canada increases vessel length limit for inshore sub-fleets under 40ft in Newfoundland and Labrador

Canada increases vessel length limit for inshore sub-fleets under 40ft in Newfoundland and Labrador

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OTTAWA, Ontario, June 27, 2022

OTTAWA (ON), June 27, 2022 /CNW/ – from Canada East Coast inshore fisheries are the backbone of coastal communities, driving rural, local, regional and national economies. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is committed to supporting these fishermen who work hard to ensure the prosperity of their communities.

Today, Member of Parliament for Newfoundland and Labrador, Ken McDonaldon behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honorable Joyce Murray, announced that Fisheries and Oceans Canada will increase the existing length limits for Newfoundland and Labrador inshore fishing vessels to to ensure greater consistency in all Atlantic Canada Regions. Specifically, the current vessel length requirement for coastal sub-fleets, currently limited to less than 39’11” in overall length, will increase to 49’11”.

This announcement will bring greater harmonization of vessel length limits across Atlantic Canada, giving anglers additional flexibility when choosing a vessel. Specifically, it will allow anglers to choose the vessel that best suits their activities and will help mitigate potentially dangerous modifications. These changes will come into effect for the 2023 fishing season.

In addition, Fisheries and Oceans Canada will launch engagements with stakeholders this fall, including license holders, First Nations, industry associations and other government departments across Atlantic Canada and Quebec, to seek input on departmental policies regarding coastal vessels, including all registration rules currently in place in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. These engagements will begin after the end of the fishing seasons in each region. The Department will contact fish harvesters for further details on plans for these commitments.


“This announcement to increase existing vessel length limits for Newfoundland and Labrador’s inshore sub-fleets provides greater predictability to Newfoundland and Labrador’s inshore fishers, who form the backbone of their local economies. Fisheries and Oceans Canada will continue to consult widely to remove unnecessary barriers. I want to thank MP Ken McDonald for his continued advocacy on behalf of fishermen. »

The Honorable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“Today’s announcement brings more consistency to vessel limit regulations across Atlantic Canada. Allow fishermen to enter Newfoundland and Labrador fishing using a boat up to 49’11” will mean they are safer on our high seas, giving them and their families peace of mind. I look forward to the consultation in the fall on the 30 day rental option. I know there are many happy anglers in my province today.”

Ken McDonaldMP for Avalon – Newfoundland and Labrador

Fast facts

  • Ship policies are assessed based on a variety of considerations, including: safety impacts; conservation objectives; harvesting capacity; increase consistency between fleets and regions; and key operational considerations such as impacts on small craft harbours.

  • DFO uses vessel length restrictions to set different rules for different sectors and fleets. The fishing sectors in the DFO regions of Quebec (QC), Maritimes (MAR), Gulf (GLF) and Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) are divided into three categories general according to the size of the vessel: coastal (vessels under 65 feet), mid-shore (vessels 65 feet and over but under 100 feet), and off the coast (vessels of 100 feet or more).

  • The small boat fishing industry in Newfoundland and Labrador has been defined by a maximum length of 39’11” since 2007, when it dropped from 34’11”.

  • Vessel registration rules require a license holder to register an eligible vessel to be used for a particular license or series of licences. The vessel registration policy is intended to reinforce the guiding principle of owner-operator, in particular that the person who receives the license is the same person on the vessel who fishes it.

  • In DFO Maritimes and Quebec Regions, once a vessel is registered with a licence, that registration must be in place for at least 30 days before another vessel can be registered with that licence.

  • In the Newfoundland and Labrador region, once a vessel is registered with a permit, that registration must be in place for twelve (12) months.

  • Transportation Canada (TC) is liable under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001for regulations and enforcement related to the safety of all vessels and maritime personnel. TC’s priority is to help reduce fatalities and injuries as well as loss or damage to commercial fishing vessels. Stability and rescue devices are among the main safety issues in the fishing industry. TC is now advancing the second phase of changes to the new Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations which came into effect in 2017. These new regulations include new requirements to reflect industry best practices and new technologies that can further improve safety on the water. Vessel registration with TC is a legislative requirement for vessel safety proposals.

  • DFO is responsible for safety at sea in the areas of fisheries management regulations, policies, plans and processes, in accordance with Fisheries Act and associated regulations. Fisheries Resource Management actively promotes and supports fishing safety awareness, education and collaboration with our partners in the many areas that contribute to fishing safety. Vessel registration with DFO is a legislative requirement for fishing authorization.

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SOURCE Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Canada