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The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources produces a number of publications and written resources that provide information about the Newfoundland and Labrador seafood industry and coastal and ocean management.  Click below for some of the articles that have appeared in our publications for easy access.

Invasive Species Salmon Hatcheries Newfoundland Trade
Invasion...European Green Crab Salmon Hatcheries in Newfoundland and Labrador International Trade


Children's Book Series

The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources has created a series of children's books to promote ocean literacy in Newfoundland and Labrador. Click on the book below to download for free.  Hard copies are available while supplies last, contact:

The Green Crab Invasion    Jake the Puffin    Jake The Puffin's Activity Booklet    Jake and Sal Go to School   


World Oceans Day Events and Contests

June 8th is officially recognized by the United Nations World Oceans Day. Each year, an increasing number of countries and organizations mark this day as an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea. World Oceans Day raises awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives and the important ways people can help to protect it. Thousands of leading aquariums, governments, conservation organizations, schools and individuals around the world will celebrate with fun, inspirational and educational events.  Since 2008, The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources has partnered with other local organizations to bring you free public events and contests for schools. For more information on international World Oceans Day visit


Free Family Event

A free Family Event for World Oceans Day is held annually in St. John's.  At the event there are a number of interactive and educational exhibits and activities, fun games and displays for children, including touch tanks, crafts, and an animated movie. Click below for this year's event poster and details:

Calendar of events 2016

For events and activities happening around the province and across Canada visit

Art Contest

An annual World Oceans Day art contest brings education and awareness to schools across the province. Students are asked to create a drawing that best illustrates each year's theme. The art contest is open to schools across the province (grades k-6). One winner per grade is awarded an oceans related prize. Schools participating in the contest are entered for a chance to win a grand prize! Click below to find out more about this year's contest guidelines:

2016 Art Contest Winners (pdf)  


Ocean Hero Contest

The Ocean HeroContest asks students to submit a photo essay/video about how they will make a difference and commit to protecting the ocean. This contest is open to schools across the province (grades 7-12). Click below to find out more about this year's contest guidelines:

For more information on World Oceans Day activities contact:
Sustainable Fisheries and Oceans Policy Division
Department of Fisheries and Land Resources
P.O. Box 8700 St. John's, NL  A1B 4J6
Tel: (709) 729-1140 Fax: (709) 729-6082


The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources supports a number of initiatives aimed at encouraging youth interest in marine issues, including the establishment of a high school scholarship program to motivate students to learn more about our province's fishing and aquaculture industries. Other examples include funding for the Dr. Wilfred Templeman Memorial Scholarship for graduate students, financial support for the Students on Ice educational expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic, and support for student placements at the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research at Memorial University of Newfoundland's Fisheries and Marine Institute.

Dr. Wilfred Templeman Memorial Scholarship

The Provincial Government created this award in honour of Dr. Wilfred Templeman, a pioneer of fisheries research in Newfoundland and Labrador. This scholarship is available to full-time students pursuing a graduate program at Memorial University of Newfoundland where groundfish research is the main focus. Successful applicants will receive $2,500 per year for a maximum of two years to support research in a graduate degree program appropriately related to the stated goals of the scholarship. For more information contact MUN School of Graduate Studies:

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