Notices to Fish Harvesters

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

Notice to fish harvesters - 2017


management measures of the atlantic halibut fishery

Quebec’s Upper and Middle North Shore Fixed gear fleet – season 2017-2018

Québec, July 21st, 2017 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Québec Region announces the management measures for the Atlantic Halibut directed fishery for the fixed gear fleet under competitive regime of the Upper and Middle North Shore.

On April 22nd 2016, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the permanent sharing of the North Shore Atlantic Halibut quota between the Upper and Middle North Shore (UMNS), and the Lower North Shore (LNS) fleets, respectively receiving 54% and 46% of the North Shore quota.

For the 2017-2018 management year, the quota granted to the North Shore fleet under competitive regime is established at 113.86 t. Following the aforementioned sharing agreement, the allocation attributed to Upper and Middle North Shore’s fish harvesters is of 61.48 t. Following the quota reconciliation for the quota overrun incurred during the 2016-2017 season, the UMNS fleet allocation is of 59.26 t. Of this allocation, 6.26 t are put aside for bycatches in other groundfish directed fisheries, leaving 53.00 t for the directed fishery.

According to the recommendations of the Upper and Middle North Shore fish harvesters’ representatives, the fishery will be conducted in two separate periods, one being a “summer fishery” for the fish harvesters based from Rivière-au-Tonnerre to Natashquan, and the other being a “spring fishery” for the fish harvesters based from Tadoussac to Sept-Iles. This approach allows for management measures to be adapted to the specific needs of the fish harvesters from each area.

For 2017, the “summer fishery” will be authorized from July 25th at 3 a.m. (EDT) to July 26th at 3 p.m. (EDT) The maximal individual catch limit will be decided according to the anticipated number of participants and will be stipulated in Licence conditions. The fishing period could be modified according to circumstances of which the quota be attained or the high probabilities that it be overrun.

Most of the management measures are stipulated in the 2017-2018 Atlantic Halibut Conservation Harvesting Plan, approved July 21st, 2017 and joined to the present Notice to Fish Harvesters. Boat leasing from outside the North Shore area, the use of a boat greater than 15.20 m and fish harvester replacement will not be allowed except under exceptional circumstances. Buddy-up will not be authorized and all gear must be taken out of the water prior to returning to the wharf.

Finally, the 2017-2018 Atlantic Halibut fishery season’s statistics will not be considered in the eventuality of a change to the fishery management regime

Authorized fish harvesters must request and print their valid Licence Conditions through the National Online Licensing System before directing their harvesting activities on Atlantic Halibut.

Management measures for the “spring fishery” will be the object of a distinct Notice to fish harvesters. 

For more information, contact:


Steve Trottier

Gestion de la ressource

Pêches et Océans Canada              

Québec (Québec)

Tél.: (418) 640-2636

Fax : (418) 648-7981                                         


Mathieu Morin

Gestion de la ressource

Pêches et Océans Canada

Sept-Îles (Québec)

Tél.: (418) 962-6314 ou 1-800-463-1729

Fax : (418) 962-1044 ou 1-800-463-0775


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