Nfld. & Labrador

DFO cuts N.L. snow crab quotas for 2016 season

The total overall catch has been reduced by 13 per cent, with deeper cuts in some areas.
Snow crab quotas are being cut for the second year in a row by DFO. (Maxime Corneau/Radio-Canada)

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has cut the total allowable catch for snow crab in Newfoundland and Labrador this upcoming season by about 13 per cent.

Some fishing areas will see quota cuts of more than that — division 3Ps, in the Placentia Bay area, will see a 30 per cent reduction, while most areas of 3K, along the northeast coast, will see a 20 per cent cut.

Some areas of 3LNO also face 20 per cent cuts.

The 2016 cuts come on top of deep reductions to snow crab quotas in 2015.

DFO has set the 2016 total limit at 43,802 tonnes.

The first divisions open for fishing on April 4.

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