Notices to Fish Harvesters
Halibut - 4RST - Magdalen Islands
Notice to Fish Harvesters - 2017-08-07
Modification of a fishing MANAGEMENT measure
LESS THAN 19.81 M FIXED GEAR FLEET FROM MAGDALEN ISLANDS
MAGDALEN ISLANDS – August 7, 2017
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announces a reduction in the number of fishing gear authorized for the less than 19.81 Fixed gear fleet from Magdalen Islands for the following fishing periods of the 2017 fishing season.
Due to the high catch rate of Atlantic halibut, DFO decreases the number of authorized fishing gear. The fishermen will therefore be allowed to fish with, have in their possession or have on board their fishing vessel 700 hooks during a fishing trip instead of 1000 initially provided in the Conservation Harvesting Plan 2017 for this fleet.
In addition, DFO wishes to remind fishermen that, as set out in the Atlantic Fishery Regulations, 1985, “no person shall return to the water a groundfish caught while fishing for groundfish under the authority of a commercial licence.” As a result, all Atlantic halibut meeting the minimum size (85 cm) caught must be retained.
For additional information
Please call 418-986-2095.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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