Notices to Fish Harvesters

Greenland Halibut (turbot) - 4RST - Upper and Middle North Shore - Fixed Gear less than 19,81m - Competitive

Notice to Fish Harvesters - 2017


Spring fishery opening for the ATLANTIc halibut  

Upper and middle north shore fixed gear fleet

Québec, April 21st, 2017 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada announces the opening of the Atlantic Halibut directed spring fishery for the fixed gear fleet under 19,81m of the Upper and Middle North Shore. (UMNS), based from Tadoussac to Sept-Îles.

As stipulated in the Conservation harvesting plan issued on July 21st, 2016, the allocation granted to fish harvesters from the UMNS is of 50.34 t. An additional 7.53 t adds up to the UMNS‘ allocation, as a residual quantity from the 2015-2016 fishing season. Of this allocation, 6.87 t are put aside for incidental catches in other groundfish directed fisheries. 

The Atlantic halibut residual allocation in directed fishery for this fleet is of 26.87 t. The 2017 spring fishery will be authorized from May 1st at 5 a.m. (EDT) to May 3rd at 6 p.m (EDT).The maximal individual catch limit is of 2 982 kg of eviscerated halibut, which corresponds to 3 400 kg of whole halibut.

Industry and Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) representatives will form a committee responsible for confirming the opening date. The opening date may be changed as a result of meteorological conditions presenting potential hazards to the fleet. Committee’s decision will have to be taken at least 18 hours prior to the desired opening date.

Unless exceptional circumstances, boat leasing from outside the North Shore area and fish harvester replacement are not allowed. Buddy-up system is not allowed. Other management measures are specified in the 2016-2017 Conservation harvesting plan of the Atlantic halibut for the fixed gear fleet under 19,81m of the Upper and Middle North Shore. (UMNS), which has been approved on July 21st, 2016, and modified on April 21st, 2017, and is attached to the actual Notice to Fish Harvesters.

To take part to this fishery, fish harvesters must request new valid License conditions through the National Online Licensing system (NOLS) before directing their harvesting activities on Atlantic Halibut.

For further information, please communicate with: 

Steve Trottier

Fisheries Management

Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Québec (Québec)                                              

Tél.: (418) 648-4946

Fax: (418) 648-7981


Mathieu Morin

Fisheries Management

Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Sept-Îles (Québec)

Tél: (418) 962-6314

Fax: (418) 962-1044




Date modified: