Notices to Fish Harvesters
Halibut - 4RST - Gaspe-Lower St. Lawrence - Fixed Gear less than 13,71m - Competitive - Others Group A127
CALL OF INTEREST AND OPENING - 4RST ATLANTIC HALIBUT COMPETITIVE FISHERY - GASPÉ FIXED GEAR FLEET OF LESS THAN 13.71 METERS - OTHERS GROUP (A127)
CALL OF INTEREST AND OPENING
4RST ATLANTIC HALIBUT COMPETITIVE FISHERY
GASPÉ FIXED GEAR FLEET OF LESS THAN 13.71 METERS
OTHERS group (A127)
Gaspé – July 12,2017
Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec Region solicits the licence holders of the Gaspé Peninsula fixed gear fleet of less than 13.71 m of the Others group to file their interest to participate to the 4RST competitive Atlantic halibut fishery in 2017.
The quota allocated to that fleet including the carry forward of an uncaught residual quantity in 2016-2017, corresponds to 24.746 t, 1.746 t of which are retained to cover by-catches and 23 t are assigned to directed fishery. Atlantic halibut directed fishery under competitive management regime with Individual maximum catch limits (IMCL) will be open from July 21, 2017.
The exact duration of the fishery and IMCL will be based upon the number of licence holders that will have filed their interest.
According to the Notice to fish harvesters of July 21, 2016, fishers who participated to the fishery and exceeded their IMCL in 2016 will see their IMCL reconciled on an individual basis for the present fishing opening period.
If another opening period is required, the residual allocation would be distributed, based on the same IMCL, by a draw amongst the eligible licence holders who participated in the first opening period and have not exceeded excessively their IMCL during the first 2017 fishing period.
In addition, fishers who exceeded their IMCL during the opening fishing period(s) in 2017, could see their IMCL, or their individual quota if there was a change in management regime, reduced by the equivalent of their overruns during the next fishing season.
Only longline is authorized, with a maximum of 1 500 hooks.
In order to limit the potential latent fishing effort, only vessel rentals between licence holders of the Others group will be authorized. For the same reason, the number of hooks authorized for the Atlantic Halibut fishery is limited to 200 for groundfish licence holders for which no directed fishery groundfish landings have been recorded in the past 10 years.
Other management measures such as the duration of the fishery will be specified in the 2017-2018 Conservation Harvesting Plan which will be announced later.
Eligible fish harvesters who wish to participate into this fishery must indicate their interest to one or the other of the following organizations by phone or in person or through the National Online Licensing system, by requesting an Atlantic Halibut Licence conditions, before noon on July 17. No demands received by phone at DFO will be taken into account.
Regroupement des pêcheurs professionnels du Nord de la Gaspésie
Tel. : 418-566-2739
159, Saint-Pierre street, Office 303, Matane (Quebec) G4W 2B8
Association des capitaines propriétaires de la Gaspésie inc.
Tel. : 418-269-7701
1, de la Langevin street,
Rivière-au-Renard (Quebec) G4X 5G4
To obtain Conditions of licence, fishers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information
Please visit our website at the following address:http://www.qc.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/peches-fisheries/commerciale-commercial/index-eng.html.
Gaspé ‑ Lower St. Lawrence Area
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Note: In case of discrepancies between the English and the French versions, the latter prevails.
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