Notices to Fish Harvesters
Halibut - 4RST - Upper and Middle North Shore - Competitive
Notice to fish harvesters - 2018
CALL OF INTEREST
ATLANTIC HALIBUT 4RST COMPETITIVE FISHERY
UPPER AND MIDDLE NORTH SHORE FIXED GEAR FLEET OF LESS THAN 19.81 m
Sept-Îles – April 23, 2018
Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec Region solicits the 4RST Atlantic Halibut fishers of Upper and Middle North Shore (UMNS) fixed gear fleet under competitive regime based from Tadoussac to Sept-Îlesto file their interest to participate to the fishery.
As stipulated in the 2017-2018 Conservation-based Harvesting Plan (CHP) for the Atlantic Halibut fishery in NAFO divisions 4RST by the UMNS fixed gear fleet of less than 19.81 m,approved July 21, 2017, the allocation granted to UMNS fleet is of 61.48 t.
Following the application of quota reconciliation for the overrun incurred in the 2016-2017 management year and the realization of the fishery by the portion of the fleet based from Sheldrake to Natashquan, the residual Atlantic Halibut allocation available is of 24.15 t.
In order to insure the respect and the monitoring of the available allocation, the following measures applies:
An Individual Maximum Catch Limit (IMCL) will be established according to the number of fishermen interested to take part to the fishery;
In the event of a second fishing period, only fish harvesters who participated to the first period and respected their IMCL will be eligible;
Would Individual Quotas (IQ) be developed for the 2018-2019 management year, IMCL overruns incurred by a licence holder in 2017-2018 will be deducted by a one-to-one factor from next year’s IQ.
Longline is the only gear authorized, with a maximum of 1 000 hooks except for holders of a groundfish licence that have not been active for many years, which are authorized to use 15% of this quantity (which means 150 hooks), as stipulated in the CHP.
Unless otherwise specified, the opening of the fishery will be on Tuesday, May 1 at 5:00 (EDT). The fishery will last approximately 60 hours. The exact length will be confirmed by a distinct Notice to fish harvesters.
Other management measures are specified in the 2017-2018 CHP approved July 21 2017.
Also, with reference to the Notice to fish harvesters issued on March 15, 2018, additional management measures to reduce interactions with the North Atlantic Right Whale and to report any interactions with marine mammals are now effective in all Quebec fisheries. For more details on these measures, please consult the Notice to fish harvesters available on our website:
Eligible fish harvesters who wish to participate to this fishery must ask for their Licence conditions through the National Online Licensing System (NOLS) at the latest on Thursday, April 26 at 23:59 (EDT). No request received after this date will be taken into account.
For additional information, please contact :
North Shore area
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
418-962-6314 / Toll free: 1-800-463-1729
Note: In case of discrepancies between the English and the French versions, the latter prevails.
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