Notices to Fish Harvesters

Halibut - 4RST - Upper and Middle North Shore - Competitive

Notice to Fish Harvesters - 2017


Second Spring fishery opening for the ATLANTIc halibut  

Upper and middle north shore fixed gear fleet 

Québec, May 10th, 2017 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada announces the opening of a second fishing period for 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.

Atlantic Halibut Spring fishery will re-open from May 12th, at 3 AM (EDT), to May 13th, at 6 PM (EDT).A maximal quantity of 1 000 hooks per license holder (150 for fish harvesters fishing under latent fishing effort conditions) is authorized. The maximal individual catch limit (MICL), which was set at 3 400 kg for the first fishing period, is scaled down in order to reduce the probabilities to significantly overrun the global quota. The MICL is now set at 2 800 kg of round Atlantic Halibut, which corresponds to 2 456 kg of eviscerated Atlantic Halibut. Landings of the first fishing period are taken into account for the reaching of the revised MICL. Fish harvesters are thus authorized to catch the residual quantity of their revised MICL.Most of the management measures are stipulated in the 2016-2017 Atlantic Halibut Conservation Harvesting Plan, modified May 10th, 2017 and joined to the present Notice to Fish Harvesters.

Fish harvesters who took part to the first spring fishing period will receive new valid License conditions through the National Online Licensing system (NOLS). 


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




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