We ask that if this tagging system is really necessary, one possibility is that DFO use metal tags similar to the ones they use in their own research rather than plastic, a known marine pollutant.


Sign the letter that asks DFO to keep plastics out of our food web here.

The public consultation process on the new licensing and tagging system is currently underway until November 30 2016. Signing the petition liked above automatically sends a letter to this address.


There are also other methods through which you can provide comments to DFO:

  1. Information on the proposed regulatory changes to provide for a recreational groundfish licence, and the associated management measures is available online on the Newfoundland and Labrador regional departmental website at:


The website provides an option via which to submit written comments.

  1. Comments , written submissions or any related questions can also be submitted directly to the following  DFO email address:


  1. Optionally, any written feedback can be submitted to by mail to: Recreational Groundfish Public Consultations, Resource Management and Aboriginal Fisheries, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, P.O. Box 5667, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5X1.

All written comments and formal submissions should be provided to the Department by Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

  1. Public meetings will be held at the following locations in the coming weeks:

Community            Location                               Date                                            Time

St. John’s                 Capital Hotel                 Thursday, November 03          7 to 9 pm

Clarenville             Clarenville Inn              Monday, November 07              7 to 9 pm

Gander                     Albatross Hotel            Tuesday, November 08              7 to 9 pm

Corner Brook         Civic Centre                   Wednesday, November 09       7 to 9 pm

Mary’s Harbour     River Lodge Hotel       Monday, November 14             7 to 9 pm

All members of the public and industry are invited to participate in these consultations.

There is no requirement to pre-register to attend any of these public meetings.