Notices to Fish Harvesters

Mackerel Area 15

Mackerel commercial fishery closure announcement

 Québec – October 5, 2018

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Québec Region announces the closure of the commercial mackerel  fishery in all mackerel fishing areas as of 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) on Tuesday October 9, 2018.  


The Departmenthas issued a Variation Order in order to close the fishery as commercial landings are near to have reached the Total Allowable Catch of 10,000 tonnes. 


The Department will review all landings data early next week and if sufficient quota remains, the fishery may be re-opened.


Given this commercial closure for 2018, DFO will allow harvesters that do not have access to handline for bait to ask for new Licence Conditions to allow the use of hand line (instead of gillnets) for this year only.   


The amended personal use bait Licence Conditions will be valid through to November 30, 2018.  The Licence Conditions will allow harvesters to land up to 454 Kg (1,000 pounds) per day using hook and line (hand lines). The gear would be limited to   3 rods / lines with the maximum of six hooks per line. Regular bait catch reporting through logbooks will apply. 


Harvesters wishing to make this change can obtain revised mackerel bait Licence Conditions through the National Online Licensing System (NOLS) by early next week.  



For more information


Antoine Rivierre 


Resources Management 


Fisheries and Oceans Canada 


Quebec City, (Quebec)



Josée Richard

Resources Management

Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Magdalen Islands Sector (Quebec)



Caroline Leclerc


Resources Management


Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Gaspé Peninsula Sector, (Quebec)



Yolaine Croussette


Resources Management


Fisheries and Oceans Canada



North Shore Sector, (Quebec) 

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