Notices to Fish Harvesters

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



Gaspe – June 28, 2018


With reference to Notice to Fish Harvesters of 14 June 2018 and in anticipation of the opening of the 4RST Greenland halibut competitive fishery of the Gaspe Peninsula fixed gear of less than 13.71 m, Fisheries and Oceans Canada solicits the licence holders of this fleet to file their interest to participate to the fishery.


In order to insure the respect and the monitoring of the available allocation, the following measures recommended by the representative organizations and implemented in 2016 could be applied:

·         establishment of an individual maximum catch limit (IMCL) based on the number of fish harvesters that will have filed their interest to participate to this fishery, and conciliation on an individual basis of the IMCL overruns that occurred during the 2017-2018 season on the IMCL established for the 2018-2019 season;

·         in the event of a second opening period, only fish harvesters who participated to the first period and respected their IMCL will be eligible.

·         conciliation on an individual basis of the 2018-2019 overruns over the following year, that it is an IMCL or an ITQ.


The fishery opening will take place during the week of July 9, 2018 (date to be determined) and its duration will be determined upon the number of participants.


A maximum number of 120 gillnets will be authorized, except for the traditional licence holders for the Snow crab fishery, at the exception of the area 12A, or the Lobster fishery of Gaspe, who will be limited to 60 gillnets.


No vessel leasing will be authorized between the fleet under competitive regime and the fleet under ITQ regime in a same management year.


Simultaneous gillnets fishery of Greenland halibut, of Lobster, of Whelk, of Herring or Mackerel will be authorized during different fishing trips, if the fishery of both species take place in the same fishing sub-area for groundfish fishery.


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 before July 5 2018 at 12:00 (noon). No demand received at DFO will be taken into account.



Regroupement des pêcheurs professionnels du Nord de la Gaspésie

Tel. : 418-566-2739,

159, Saint-Pierre street, Bureau 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



Fish harvesters who registered for this fishery will be required to provide DFO with their gear tag numbers in order to receive their Conditions of licencebefore the opening of the fishery. To obtain their 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



You can obtain additional information on management measures and fishing areas on our website at


For additional information

Please communicate with the above organizations. 


Resource Management

Gaspe-Lower St. Lawrence area

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

418-368-5559 / Toll free: 1-877-898-5559


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

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