Notices to Fish Harvesters

Greenland Halibut (turbot) - 4RST - Gaspe-Lower St. Lawrence - Fixed Gear less than 13,71m - Competitive

4RST GREENLAND HALIBUT - FIXED GEAR FLEETS - QUEBEC REGION - 2018-2019

SUBJECT: Announcement of the Fishery Management Measures

 

Quebec June 14, 2018

 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec region informs Greenland Halibut fish harvesters from Québec region fixed gear fleets of the 2018-2019 fishing season management measures.

 

The Greenland Halibut total allowable catch (TAC) is established at 3,375 t for the fishing season 2018-2019. The Québec’s fixed gear fleets allocation corresponds to 82% of the allocation of the fixed gear fleet less than 19.81 m of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. On the basis of the TAC of 3,375 t, Québec’s fleets share an overall allocation of 2,330 t (including a 221 t temporary transfer coming from the less than 19,81 m mobile gear fleet) distributed according to the established sharing formula :

 

Fleet under individual transferable quotas (ITQ) regime

1,858.9 t

Fleet under ITQ regime from the Lower North Shore

264.8 t

Fleet from the Lower North Shore non ITQ Program

 14.0 t

Fleet less than 13.71 m under competitive regime from the Gaspe Peninsula         

125.6 t

Fleet 13.71 m and greater under ITQ regime from Gaspe Peninsula (Others) 

 44.1 t

Fleet under competitive regime from Upper and Middle North Shore

23.1 t

 

In accordance with the implementation of quota reconciliation, competitive quotas and ITQs will be adjusted, if applicable, in the next few weeks. Note that carry-forward of the 2017-2018 residual quotas will not be authorized in 2018-2019.

 

Coral and sponge conservation areas

 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has implemented conservation measures under the Fisheries Act and the Oceans Act to protect the habitats of corals and sponges. The conservation strategy is based on three main objectives: conservation, management and research. No fishing using bottom-contact fishing gear is allowed in the 11 identified conservation areas.

 

For additional information on these conservation areas, visit our website at http://www.qc.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/golfe-gulf/coraux-eng.html.

 

New management measures to document and limit interactions with marine mammals and Closure protocol in case of North Atlantic Right Whale presence

 

With reference to the Notices to Fish Harvesters released March 15 and April 27, 2018, additional management measures to signal and limit interactions with marine mammals, including a closure protocol in case of North Atlantic Right Whale presence are now in force in Quebec fisheries. For more details on these measures, please refer to the Notices to Fish Harvesters available on our website and to the Greenland Halibut Conservation Harvesting Plan 4RST 2017-2019 attached to this Notice to Fish Harvesters.

https://inter-l01.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/applications/opti-opei/notice-avis-detail-eng.php?pub_id=1491&todo=view&type=1&region_id=4&sub_type_id=5&species=144&area=1896

https://inter-l01.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/applications/opti-opei/notice-avis-detail-eng.php?pub_id=1552&todo=view&type=1&region_id=4&sub_type_id=5&species=144&area=1896

 

Other management measures

 

The fishery will begin on June 15, 2018 for the fleet under ITQ regime from the Lower North Shore, while that for the other fleets under QIT regime that began on May 15, 2018 on an interim basis will continue until October 31, 2018. With regard to other fleets, the opening will be announced later, following discussions with the concerned fish harvesters associations.

 

Other management measures in the Greenland Halibut Conservation Harvesting Plan 4RST 2017-2019, amended on June 14, 2018, remain unchanged in in accordance with the discussions held at the Regional Greenland Halibut Management Committee (RGHMC) in April 2018.

 

To obtain Conditions of licence, fish harvesters must access the National Online Licensing System. For National Online Licensing System assistance, please contact customer support by phone at 1-877-535-7307 or by email at fishing-peche@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

 

 

For more information

 

You can obtain additional information concerning the management measures and the fishing areas on our website athttp://www.qc.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/peches-fisheries/commerciale-commercial/index-eng.html. For more information, please call (select the phone number which apply to your area):

 

Magdalen Islands Area: 418-986-2095

North Shore Area: 1-800-463-1729

Gaspé–Lower St. Lawrence Area: 1-877-898-5559

 

 


Magalie Hardy

Resources Management

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Quebec City, (Quebec)

 

Resources Management

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

North Shore Area

Gaspé–Lower St. Lawrence Area:


 

 

 

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