Notices to Fish Harvesters

Greenland Halibut (turbot) - 4RST - Quebec - Fixed Gear less than 19,81m QIT (General)

Turbot - EF - moins de 65' - Avis aux pêcheurs - 2017 (vE) 2017-05-12

4RST GREENLAND HALIBUT - FIXED GEAR FLEETS QUEBEC REGION

2017-2018

SUBJECT: Announcement of the Fishery Management Measures

Quebec – May 12, 2017

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec region informs Greenland Halibut fish harvesters from Québec region fixed gear fleets of the 2017-2018 fishing season management measures.

The Greenland Halibut total allowable catch (TAC) is established at 4 500 tons for the fishing season 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. The Québec’s fixed gear fleets allocation corresponds to 82% of the allocation of the fixed gear fleet less than 19.81 m of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. On the basis of the TAC of 4 500 t, Québec’s fleets share an overall allocation of 3 107 t (including a 295 t temporary transfer coming from the less than 19,81 m mobile gear fleet) distributed according to the established sharing formula :

Fleet under individual transferable quotas (ITQ) regime

2 478.3 t

Fleet under ITQ regime from the Lower North Shore

353.0 t

Fleet from the Lower North Shore non ITQ Program

18.6 t

Fleet less than 13.71 m under competitive regime from the Gaspe Peninsula

167.4 t

Fleet 13.71 m and greater under ITQ regime from Gaspe Peninsula (Others)

58.8 t

Fleet under competitive regime from Upper and Middle North Shore

30.9 t

In accordance with the implementation of quota reconciliation and the carry forward project on residual quotas, competitive and ITQs quotas will be adjusted, if applicable, in the next few weeks.

The fishing season will open on May 15, 2017 for the fleet under individual transferable quotas (ITQ) regime. With regard to other fleets, the opening will be announced later, following discussions with the concerned fish harvesters associations.

The Conservation Harvesting Plan (CHP) elements were discussed at the Regional Greenland Halibut Management Committee (RGHMC) in March 2017. The management measures for the CHP 2015-2017 will be renewed in the CHP 2017-2019 attached to this Notice.

To obtain license conditions, fish harvesters must access the National Online Licensing System. For National Online Licensing System assistance, please contact customer support by phone at 1-877-535-7307 or by email at fishing-peche@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

You can obtain additional information on management measures and fishing areas on our website at http://www.qc.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/peches-fisheries/commerciale-commercial/index-eng.html and information regarding changes to service delivery at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/sdc-cps/index-eng.htm. You may contact your DFO office for more information.

Steve Trottier

Resource management

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Quebec, (Quebec)

Resource management

Fisheries and Oceans Canada North Shore Area Office

Gaspe Peninsula and Lower St- Lawrence Area Office

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