Notices to Fish Harvesters

Mackerel Area 16

Annonce de la fermeture de la pêche commerciale au maquereau - MISE-À-JOUR

 Quebec – October 9, 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 Wednesday October 10, 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 is reviewing all landings data 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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