Notices to Fish Harvesters

Halibut - 4RST - Gaspe-Lower St. Lawrence - Fixed Gear less than 13,71m - Competitive - Others Group A127



Gaspé – June 20,2018


Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec Region solicits the licence holders of the Gaspé Peninsula fixed gear fleet of less than 13.71 m of the Others group to file their interest to participate to the 4RST competitive Atlantic halibut fishery in 2018.

The quota allocated to that fleet including the quota reconciliation for the overharvest of the 2017-2018, corresponds to 20,811 t, 1.811 t of which are retained to cover by-catches and 19 t are assigned to directed fishery. The opening date and the Individual maximum catch limits (IMCL) for the Atlantic halibut directed fishery under competitive management regime will be announced later.

The exact duration of the fishery and IMCL will be based upon the number of licence holders that will have filed their interest.

According to the Notice to fish harvesters of July 12, 2017, fishers who participated to the fishery and exceeded their IMCL in 2017-2018 will see their IMCL reconciled on an individual basis for the present fishing opening period.

If another opening period is required, the residual allocation would be distributed, based on the same IMCL, by a draw amongst the eligible licence holders who participated in the first opening period and have not exceeded excessively their IMCL during the first 2018-2019 fishing period.


In addition, fishers who exceeded their IMCL during the opening fishing period(s) in 2018-2019, could see their IMCL, or their individual quota if there was a change in management regime, reduced by the equivalent of their overruns during the next fishing season.


Only longline is authorized, with a maximum of 1 500 hooks.


In order to limit the potential latent fishing effort, only vessel rentals between licence holders of the Others group will be authorized.For the same reason, the number of hooks authorized for the Atlantic Halibut fishery is limited to 200 for groundfish licence holders for which no directed fishery groundfish landings have been recorded in the past 10 years.


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:


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 groundfish fishing 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


Other management measures such as the duration of the fishery will be specified in the 2018-2019 Conservation Harvesting Plan which will be announced later.


Eligible fish harvesters who wish to participate into this fishery must indicate their interest to one or the other of the following organizations by phone or in person or through the National Online Licensing system, by requesting an Atlantic Halibut Licence conditions, before 4:00 pm on June 25. No demands received by phone at DFO will be taken into account.


Regroupement des pêcheurs professionnels du Nord de la Gaspésie

Tel. : 418-566-2739,

159, Saint-Pierre street, Office 303, Matane (Quebec) G4W 2B8


Association des capitaines propriétaires de la Gaspésie inc.

Tel. : 418-269-7701

1, de la Langevin street,

Rivière-au-Renard (Quebec) G4X 5G4

To obtain 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

Gaspé ‑ Lower St. Lawrence Area

Fisheries and Oceans Canada


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


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