Notices to Fish Harvesters

Halibut - 4RST - Gaspe-Lower St. Lawrence - Fixed Gear 13.71m and over - ITQ - Others Group



Gaspé – June 14, 2018


Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec Region announces the opening of the Atlantic Halibut fishery for the Gaspé fixed gear fleet of 13.71 m and over under Individual transferable quotas (ITQ) regime.


According to the permanent sharing agreement of the Gaspé fixed gear fleet of 13.71 m and over, the initial allocation granted to the Gaspé longliners is 228.203 t while the one granted to the Others group is 34.431 t.


The fishery will be authorized from June 15, 4:30 (EDT) until October 31, 2018 with a maximum of 8000 hooks, used or aboard the vessel.


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


New management measures to minimize the risks of interactions with the North Atlantic Right Whale

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:


In addition, when fishing in a sector that is the subject of a Notice of Closure under the North Atlantic Right Whale Right Protocol announced by Notice to Fish Harvesters on April 27, 2018 or in the static closure area, (coordinates are shown below), licence holders must have the obligation to monitor their fishing gear at all times, must retrieve all their fishing gear from the water as soon as a North Atlantic Right Whale is observed in their fishing area and all gear must be removed from the water before each return to the port.


The static closure area is the portion of 4T division within the straight lines joining the following points:


                                    1          48° 00' 00"  N                        64° 20' 00"  W

                                    2          48° 00' 00"  N                        63° 10' 00"  W

                                    3          47° 20' 00"  N                        63° 10' 00"  W

                                    4          47° 20' 00"  N                        64° 20' 00"  W

                                    5          48° 00' 00"  N                        64° 20' 00"  W


Fishers are advised of the continued temporary closure of part of the 4T division, considering the excessive by-catch of cod, within the straight lines delineated by the following points:


                                                1          49°02’00" N   64°10’00" W

                                                2          48°31’00" N   62°37’00" W

                                                3          48°23’00" N   63°08’00" W

                                                4          48°46’00" N   64°10’00" W

                                                5          49°02’00" N   64°10’00" W


Other management measures are grouped into the 2017-2019 4RST Atlantic halibut, 4RST Greenland halibut and 3Pn4RST Cod Conservation Harvesting Plan (CHP) for the Gaspé fixed gear fleet of 13.71 m and over amended June 14, 2018.


To obtain their Conditions of licence, fishers 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 

For additional information

Please visit our websiteat the following address:


Resource management

Gaspe ‑ Lower St. Lawrence Area

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

418-368-5559/1-877-898-5559 (toll free)


Note: In case of discrepancies between the English and the French versions, the latter prevails.

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