Notices to Fish Harvesters

Halibut - 4RST - Lower North Shore East – Competitive (prior to August 2019)

Notice to Fish Harvesters - 2017


atlantic halibut – 4rst 

Fixed gear fleet of the eastern sector of the Lower North Shore

 Season 2017 

Pardon for Quota overrun, Management regime change and call of interest

SEPT-ILES ― August 23rd 2017

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec Region announces, following the analysis of the request by the Lower North Shore Fishermen’s Association (LNSFA) for a pardon for a quota overrun, and pursuant to the commitments made by the Atlantic Halibut fishermen of NAFO divisions 4RST from the fixed gear fleet under 19.81 m based from Old Fort to Blanc-Sablon (eastern sector of the Lower North Shore), that the Atlantic halibut quota overrun incurred by this fleet during the management year 2016-2017 has been forgiven. Thus, the overrun will not be reconciliated on the 2017-2018 allocation. Please note that a pardon for a quota overrun can be granted only once to a given fleet.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec Region also solicits the 4RST Atlantic halibut licence holders of the eastern sector of the Lower North Shore’s fixed gear fleet of less than 19.81 m under a competitive regime to manifest their interest to participate to the fishery for the management year 2017-2018. To be eligible, admissible licence holders must declare their interest through the National Online Licensing System (NOLS) at the latest on Monday, August 28th 2017 at 4h30 PM (EDT).

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec Region and the Lower North Shore’s Eastern Sector fixed gear fleet jointly committed to put in place permanent measures aimed to avoid major quota overruns in the future, and to respect the conditions established for the quota overrun pardon to be granted. Thus, as agreed with the industry, an individual maximum catch limit (IMCL) will apply this year for each participant to the fishery. The IMCL will be set according to the number of licence holders having declared their interest to participate to the fishery. In the event of a second opening period, only the fish harvesters who participated to the first period and respected their IMCL will be eligible. Partnership (buddy-up) agreements will be authorized. This partnership system allows two licence holders to fish on the same boat with 150% of the number of hooks authorized per boat. Other management measures could be implemented in order to further limit the risks of a new quota overrun.

Please also note that an Individual Quotas (IQ) management regime will be developed and effective for the next management year (2018-2019). Thus, any IMCL overrun incurred in 2017 will be reconciliated individually on the IQs established for the 2018-2019 season on a one-to-one basis. Landings incurred in 2017-2018 will not be taken into account to establish the IQs.

Management measures (number of fishing gears, IMCL, dates and length of the fishery, incidental catch reserve, etc.) will be specified in the 2017Conservation-based harvesting plan of the Atlantic halibut of NAFO divisions 4RST for the Lower North Shore’s Eastern sector fixed gear fleet, which will be published during the week of August 28th 2017 and will be available at the “Notice to fish harvesters” section of DFO’s website, at the following address:

For further information

Please consult Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s website at the following address: 

Resource Management

North Shore Area

Fisheries and Oceans Canada


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