Fisheries and Land Resources


The major activity in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve is watching and learning about seabirds. As public access to the islands is restricted, this is best done using the services of commercial tour boat operators. For more information, see Services.

Puffin Colony

Scientists and researchers may be permitted access to Gull Island if they obtain the necessary permits. Commercial operators are not currently permitted access to Gull Island. See the Seabird Ecological Reserve Visitor and Scientific Access Policies and Information Manual for more information or visit the Permits & Forms page.

Commercial and recreational fishing can occur in the waters of the reserve. All provincial and federal regulations apply when fishing in the reserve. Boaters must be careful in the marine portion of the reserve so as not to disturb the birds.


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