Notices to Fish Harvesters

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

Notice to Fish Harvesters - 2018


opening of the competitive Spring fishery for the ATLANTIc halibut 4RST 

Upper and middle north shore fixed gear fleet of less than 19.81 

Sept-Îles – April 30 2018,  

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec Region announces the opening of the spring fishery for the Atlantic Halibut of NAFO divisions 4RST for the Upper and Middle North shore (UMNS) fixed gear fleet of less than 19.81 m based from Tadoussac to Sept-Îles. 

The fishery will be authorized from May 1 at 5:00. (EDT) to May 3 at 18:00 (EDT). Given the residual allocation of Atlantic Halibut available and the number of fish harvesters having manifested their interest in participating to this fishery, the individual maximum catch limit (IMCL) is of 1 930 kg (round weight). 

As specified in the Notice to fish harvesters issued on April 23, 2018, in the event of a second fishing period, only fish harvesters who participated to the first period and respected their IMCL will be eligible. Moreover, would Individual Quotas (IQ) be developed, IMCL overruns incurred by a licence holder in 2017-2018 will be deducted by a one-to-one factor from next year’s IQ.  

Other management measures are specified in the Notice to fish harvesters issued on April 23, 2018 and in the 2017-2018 Atlantic Halibut Conservation Harvesting Plan (CHP) for the UMNS fixed gear fleet of less than 19.81 m, amended on April 30, 2018. 

Furthermore, in accordance with the Notice to Fishers published on April 27, 2018, a protocol for dynamic fisheries management has been implemented in every fixed gear fishery in the Quebec Region, in order to protect the North Atlantic right whale. For more details about this protocol, please consult the Notice to fish harvesters, available at the following address: 


For additional information, please contact:  

Resource management  

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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