Notices to Fish Harvesters

Herring - 15

Conservation Harvesting Plan - 2017


Herring - area 15 - north shore 

SEAson 2017

 Approved June 21st, 2017

Modified July 27th, 2017 


The present harvesting plan applies to zone 15 herring license holders.

Fishing area 

Herring area 15, Québec region, North Shore area. 

However, it is prohibited to fish aboard a vessel of more than 12 m overall length in the waters of the Lower North Shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence known as the "the box". This area is defined in section 109.1 of the Atlantic Fishery Regulations, 1985.

Fishing season 

The fishing season is established according to the Atlantic fishery regulations and is authorized annually from January 1st to December 29th.

Mobile gears: For conservation purposes, access to a portion of NAFO sub-area 4Sw, known as "the box", will be restricted to seiners 12 m and less LHT. They will be allowed to fish in the box for a period of four weeks, from July 3 to July 30, 2017 inclusive. The total allowable catch (TAC) within this restricted area is 1 000 tons.

Because of exceptional circumstances reducing the landing capacities in the Brador to Blanc-Sablon area during the 2017 season, the fishing

period in the box will be prolonged until August 6th, 2017. The 1 000 t catch limit for this area remains in force. 

The fishing season may be modified depending on specific circumstances such as industry requests, the quota being reached or a high probability of exceeding it.


The Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the entire area 15 is of 4 000 tons.

Management regime 

Competitive fishery.

Fishing gear 

Specific to the license, the following gear is allowed:

Mobile gear : purse seine

Fixed gear : gillnet, trap, hand line

All gillnets used for fishing must wear a single valid tag with a unique identification number.

Fishermen must obtain their tags from suppliers approved by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) whose list is available at the following address:

Hail in and dockside monitoring 

Exceptionally, and due to major work being performed on the Blanc-Sablon warf during the fishing season, hail in and dockside monitoring will not be mandatory in 2017.


A Logbook / Purchase Slip is mandatory for all herring landings in the Quebec Region.

Vessel monitoring system (VMS) 

The VMS is mandatory for herring purse seine license holders. The broadcasting frequency must be of 30 minutes.

Boat leasing 

Boat leasing from outside the North-Shore is not allowed.

The use of a boat registered in a license holder’s name (lease) must be kept during a minimum of one (1) month during the course of the season.

Species at Risk Act

Pursuant to the Species at RiskAct (SARA), no person shall kill, harm, harass, capture, take, possess, collect, buy, sell or trade an individual or any part or derivate of a wildlife species designated as extirpated, endangered or threatened.

At the time this Management Plan is promulgated, the Gulf of St.-Lawrence and the Atlantic species targeted by these measures are the following ones: Spotted wolffish, Northern wolffish, Leatherback Turtle, Striped Bass (St. Lawrence Estuary population) and the Great white Shark (Atlantic population). New species could be added in the course of the year.

All by-catch of species identified above must be returned to the water and released in the exact capture location and, if the fish is still alive, in a manner that causes it the least harm. In addition, information regarding interactions with species at risk, including species mentioned above as well as the North Atlantic Right Whale, the Blue Whale (Atlantic population) and the Beluga Whale (St. Lawrence Estuary population) must be recorded in the Species at risk section of the logbook.

License Conditions

To obtain their Conditions of license, license holders must log on to the National Online Licensing System (NOLS) and place a request. These will be available through the NOLS following payment of the license and at the latest 48 hours before the opening of the fishery.

For NOLS assistance, please contact customer support by phone at 1-877-535-7307, or by email at


Approved by




Andrew Rowsell

Area Director

Fisheries and Oceans Canada


North Shore 


For questions regarding this harvesting plan  


Fisheries and Oceans Canada

North Shore Area

1-800-463-1729 or 418 962-6314


Yolaine Croussette

Act. Resource Manager

Daniel Dickner

Area Chief, Conservation and Protection













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