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'No changes to vessel length policy in the Newfoundland and Labrador region'

That's the word today from DFO, an official of which says the department will provide a "more detailed answer later with respect to the policy in the Maritimes region." Here's the post on DFO's Facebook page that's causing the confusion/questions/uproar.

And here's a picture that explains why the vessel length policy drives so many owner-operators mad.

Described as a floating "bait box," this fishing boat was built 45 feet long, but was cut down to 39/11 to meet government regulations.

Ryan Cleary,


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Sep 29, 2021

If any changes to the hull are done it is required to report it transport canada. They may require you to have a stability test to use the vessel in fishing activities.


Sep 29, 2021

That is one unusual hull modification. It is amazing that DFO does not have any criteria which puts safety in hull design and lengths, first. In big head seas, that removed floatation will bury the nose even more, worsening the wave action. In following seas, the hull can be tripped when locked into the oncoming wave.

In Nova Scotia, in the past year we have had 2 major hull turn-overs, from over loaded a frames in dragging and pot pulling disasters. All of these overloads are preventable if training and extra loading were carried out. Fishermen aren't trained in such loading and modifications, but should have this training and hull change overview. I suggested this to fishing safety groups, bu…

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