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Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery Regulations (SOR/78-443)

Regulations are current to 2024-05-28 and last amended on 2018-05-30. Previous Versions

PART IGeneral (continued)

 [Repealed, SOR/93-63, s. 3]

 Subject to subsection 10(4), no person shall have in his possession a net or trawl near any inland water unless he has a licence authorizing him to use a net or trawl in inland waters.

 No person shall angle in, or have angling gear that is in readiness for fishing within 15 m of any waters set out in column I of an item of Schedule III during the close time set out in column II of that item.

  • SOR/79-281, s. 3
  • SOR/79-610, s. 1
  • SOR/80-435, s. 5
  • SOR/84-323, s. 9
  • SOR/84-565, s. 2
  • SOR/85-743, s. 1
  • SOR/87-312, s. 1
  • SOR/2003-338, s. 4
  • SOR/2010-173, s. 2
  •  (1) No person engaged in angling shall, in any one day, catch and retain more fish of a species set out in column I of an item of the table to this section, from the waters set out in column II of that item, than the daily quota set out in column III of that item.

  • (2) No person engaged in angling shall, in any year, catch and retain more fish of a species set out in column I of an item of the table to this section, from the waters set out in column II of that item, than the yearly quota set out in column IV of that item.

  • (3) No person shall possess more fish of a species set out in column I of an item of the table to this section, taken by angling from the waters set out in column II of that item, than the possession limit set out in column V of that item.

  • (4) No person engaged in angling shall catch and retain, or possess, fish of a species set out in column I of an item of the table to this section, from the waters set out in column II of that item, that do not comply with the length limit set out in column VI of that item.

  • (5) No person engaged in angling shall fish for, or catch and retain, a species of fish set out in column I of an item of the table to this section, from the waters set out in column II of that item, during the close time set out in column VII of that item.

  • (6) No person engaged in angling shall catch and release more than four salmon in any one day.

  • (7) The daily quota set out in column III of item 1 of the table in this section and the possession limit set out in column V apply collectively to speckled trout, brown trout, rainbow trout and ouananiche.

    TABLE

    Column IColumn IIColumn IIIColumn IVColumn VColumn VIColumn VII
    ItemSpeciesWatersDaily QuotaYearly QuotaPossession LimitLength LimitClose Time
    1
    • (a) Speckled trout

    • (b) Brown trout

    • (c) Rainbow trout

    • (d) Ouananiche

    All inland and tidal waters12 fish of any of the species set out in paragraphs (a) to (d) of column I, or 2.25 kg plus one fish of any of those species, whichever is reached firstN/A24 fish of any of the species set out in paragraphs (a) to (d) of column I, or 4.5 kg plus one fish of any of those species, whichever is reached first60 cm or lessJan. 1 to Jan. 31
    2Lake troutAll inland waters2N/A460 cm or lessJan. 1 to Feb. 1
    3Arctic char
    • (a) All inland and tidal waters of insular Newfound­land

    • (a) 12 Arctic char, or 2.25 kg plus one fish of that species, whichever is reached first

    • (a) N/A

    • (a) 24 Arctic char, or 4.5 kg plus one fish of that species, whichever is reached first

    • (a) 60 cm or less

    • (a) Jan. 1 to Feb. 1

    • (b) All inland and tidal waters of Labrador

    • (b) 2

    • (b) N/A

    • (b) 4

    • (b) 60 cm or less

    • (b) Jan. 1 to Feb. 1

    4Northern pikeAll inland waters2N/A460 cm or lessSept. 8 to Dec. 31
    5SalmonAll inland waters26663 cm or lessJan. 1 to May 31
    6SmeltAll inland and tidal watersNo limitNo limitNo limitNoneApr. 16 to Jan. 14
    7Any species not set out in items 1 to 7All inland and tidal watersNo limitNo limitNo limitNoneJan. 1 to Feb. 1
  • SOR/87-312, s. 1
  • SOR/92-426, s. 1
  • SOR/94-583, s. 2
  • SOR/2003-338, s. 5
  • SOR/2010-173, s. 3
  • SOR/2017-58, s. 6

 [Repealed, SOR/2003-338, s. 6]

  •  (1) No person shall, while angling in any inland waters, use

    • (a) more than one line or rod and line at any time;

    • (b) a line or rod and line that is not closely and constantly attended by him; or

    • (c) subject to subsection (2), a line equipped with more than one artificial fly, one single hook with bait and one single gang hook with lure.

  • (2) No person shall, while angling in any river set out in Schedule I, use:

    • (a) a line equipped with anything other than an artificial fly with a barbless hook; or

    • (b) a line equipped with more than one hook.

  • (3) No person shall, while ice fishing, use

    • (a) more than three separate lines, or rods and lines, at any time;

    • (b) a line or rod and line that is not closely and constantly attended by him; or

    • (c) a line equipped with more than one single hook with bait and one single gang hook with lure.

  • SOR/2010-173, s. 4

 [Repealed, SOR/89-583, s. 1]

 [Repealed, SOR/84-323, s. 10]

 No person under the age of fourteen years shall angle in any river set out in Schedule I unless he is accompanied by and under the supervision of a person who has attained the age of seventeen years.

 No person shall angle for fish in any river set out in Schedule I during that part of any day commencing one hour after sunset and ending one hour before sunrise on the following day.

  • SOR/79-281, s. 4

 [Repealed, SOR/2003-338, s. 7]

 No person shall retain alive any sport fish taken by angling in any inland waters.

 Subject to these Regulations, no person shall wilfully disturb or molest any fish or spawn in inland waters.

  • SOR/79-281, s. 5

 No person shall catch, injure or retain any spent fish or immature fish in inland waters and any such fish caught accidentally shall be released immediately.

  • SOR/79-281, s. 5

 [Repealed, SOR/93-338, s. 1]

Disruption of Fish Habitat

 [Repealed, SOR/93-63, s. 4]

 [Repealed, SOR/89-97, s. 2]

  •  (1) For the purposes of this section, waste material means discarded or abandoned material of any kind and includes fishing gear, vehicles, garbage, fish offal and logging debris.

  • (2) Subject to subsection (3), no person shall deposit or dispose of waste material in any inland or tidal waters, or on any ice over those waters, where that deposit or disposal is likely to result in the alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat.

  • (3) Subsection (2) does not apply

    • (a) to fish offal disposed of in gurry grounds designated or defined by a fishery officer under section 56 of the Act; or

    • (b) to waste material disposed of under the Ocean Dumping Control Act.

  • SOR/84-323, s. 11
  • SOR/89-97, s. 3

Restricted Fishing Waters

 No person shall fish except by angling

  • (a) within 365 m off that portion of the shore along that part of Bay St. George commencing at a point, marked by a caution notice, approximately 450 m west of Middle Barachois and ending at a point, marked by a caution notice, approximately 450 m east of Robinsons River;

  • (b) within 450 m off the shore line of the province along that portion of the straight shore of Fogo District, marked by caution notices on both sides of the outlet of Anchor Brook and on both sides of the outlet of Deadman’s Bay River;

  • (c) within 365 m off the shore line of the province along that part of Bay St. George and Port au Port Bay in the district of Humber-St. George’s marked by caution notices on both sides of the outlets of Crabbe’s River, Highlands River, Fishells River, Flat Bay River, Little Barachois River, Main River and Romaine’s Brook in Bay St. George and Fox Island River in Port au Port Bay;

  • (d) within 365 m off that portion of the shore line of the province along that part of Fortune Bay commencing at a point, marked by a caution notice, approximately 450 m west of the entrance to Garnish Harbour and ending at a point marked by a caution notice approximately 450 m east of Garnish Harbour; or

  • (e) within 365 m off that portion of the shore of the province along that part of Pistolet Bay commencing at a point, marked by a caution notice, approximately 180 m west of Parker Brook (West Brook) and ending at a point, marked by a caution notice, approximately 275 m east of Parker Brook (West Brook).

  • SOR/80-435, s. 7
  • SOR/2017-58, s. 7

 [Repealed, SOR/86-23, s. 3]

Smelt

  •  (1) No person shall fish for smelts in inland waters by means of nets, trap nets or seines except

    • (a) from October 1 until March 31;

    • (b) under a licence from the Regional Director General; and

    • (c) in the waters set out in any such licence.

  • (2) No person shall, for the purpose of catching smelt during the period and within the boundaries permitted pursuant to subsection (1), use a net, trap net or seine

    • (a) in such a manner that, in the opinion of a fishery officer, bars the passage of salmon or trout ascending or descending inland waters; or

    • (b) the meshes of which exceed 38 mm extension measure.

  • (3) No person shall, for the purpose of catching smelt, set or operate bag nets or gill nets within 45 m of a net previously set.

  • SOR/80-435, s. 8
  • SOR/93-63, s. 10(F)

 [Repealed, SOR/86-23, s. 4]

Eels

  •  (1) No person shall fish for, take, catch or kill or attempt to fish for, take, catch or kill eels without a licence issued for that purpose, except by angling.

  • (2) A licence issued pursuant to subsection (1) may authorize

    • (a) the use of eel pots to take or kill eels in inland waters;

    • (b) the use of nets or trap nets to take or kill eels during the period commencing on August 15 and ending on November 30 in such inland waters as are specified in the licence; or

    • (c) the use of spears to take or kill eels during the period commencing on November 1 in any year and ending on March 31 in such inland waters as are specified in the licence.

 No person shall, while fishing for eels, use nets or trap nets in a manner that, in the opinion of a fishery officer, would interfere with or impede the passage of any fish ascending inland waters to spawn.

  • SOR/93-63, s. 10(F)

 No person shall take by fishing or buy, sell or export from the province any eel that is less than 20 cm in length except as authorized by, and in accordance with, a licence.

  • SOR/80-435, s. 10

 [Repealed, SOR/86-23, s. 5]

 [Repealed, SOR/84-323, s. 13]

Trout and Char

 No person shall fish for, take, catch or kill trout or char with a gill net or trap net the web of which or any portion thereof contains monofilament in single or multiple strands.

 

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