Notices to Fish Harvesters

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



Gaspé – June 27, 2018


Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec Region announces the opening of the 4RST Atlantic Halibut fishery for the licence holders of the Gaspé fixed gear fleet of less than 13.71 m from the Others fishers group.


The fishery of an allocation of 19 t, under a competitive regime with individual maximum catch limit (IMCL), will be authorized from June 28, 4:30 AM to July 5, 18:30 PM (EDT).


Given the number of fishermen who notified their interest in participating in this fishery, an Individual maximum catch limit catch limit (IMCL) of 1125 kg was established.


Only longline is authorized, with a maximum of 1500 hooks.


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 are grouped into the 2018 4RST Atlantic Halibut Conservation Harvesting Plan (CHP) applies to the Gaspe peninsula fixed gear fleet of less than 13.71 m licence holders of the Others group approved June 27, 2018.


Fishers who registered for this fishery will automatically receive their Conditions of licence online June 27. 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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