Notices to Fish Harvesters

Soft Shell Clams - 1A, 1B, 1C, 2 et 3 - North Shore

Conservation Harvesting Plan - 2019

 

Clam – AREAS AND SUB-AREAS 1a, 1b, 1c, 2 AND 3 – COMMERCIAL FISHERY 

SEASON 2019

Approved March 11 2019

1       Application 

This Conservation-based Harvesting Plan (CHP) applies to North Shore commercial clam fish harvesters for season 2019.

2       Fishing Area 

Sub-Area 1A 

From the Pointe au Pic wharf to the east side of the mouth of the Betsiamites river, including the 5 following banks reserved exclusively for commercial harvesting:  

N-04.1.1.1     (Baie des Chevaux) 

N-04.1.2.1     (Banc Marie-Marthe [Île Laval]) 

N-04.1.2.2     (Baie Didier Sud) 

N-04.1.3        (Baie des Plongeurs) 

N-04.2.2        (Cran à Gagnon) 

Excluding the following bank:  

N-01.1.4        (Baie des Petites Bergeronnes)   Restricted to recreational harvesting 

Sub-Area 1B 

From the east side of the Rivière-aux-Rosiers to Pointe-des-Monts.

Sub-Area 1C 

From the east side of the Betsiamites river mouth to the east side of the Rivière-aux Rosiers.  

Zone 2 

From Pointe-des-Monts to rivière de l’Étang  

Zone 3 

From rivière de l’Étang to Blanc Sablon.  

The fishing areas coordinates are listed in the Conditions of licence and are also indicated on the fishing areas maps, which are available at the following address: http://www.qc.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/peches-fisheries/commerciale-commercial/index-eng.html.  

IMPORTANT: In addition to fishery closures for conservation purposes, areas for shellfish fishing may also be closed under the Management of Contaminated Fisheries Regulations. For the latest information concerning the areas closed for contamination reasons, please dial one of the following telephone numbers: 1 800 463-8558 or 1-800-463-1736. 

The Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) has equipped itself with an interactive cartography tool to allow visualisation of open or closed sectors for bivalve mollusc harvesting in Canada.  

This tool is called SHELLI: (S)hellfish (H)arvest (E)xtents (L)atitude (L)ongitude (I)nformation and can be accessed online at the following address:  

http://fcs-scp.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Geocortex/Essentials/Viewer/Index.html?viewer=CSSP_Public_En_Site 

3       Fishing Season 

From March 14, 2019 to October 31, 2019  

The period above could be changed for one or several area(s), sub-area(s) or shellfish bed(s) depending on circumstances, such as the reach of quotas or when risks of exceeding them are high.

4       Number of licences and access 

Number of licences available 

Sub-area 1A:                        85 licences 

Sub-area 1B:                        50 licences 

Sub-area 1C:                        1 aboriginal communal licence

Access 

Holders of a valid licence only have access to the sub-area or area assigned to them on the commercial fishing licence.

5       Quotas 

In order to limit the fishing effort and thus to protect the reproductive potential of each shellfish bed, the Department implements a total allowable commercial catch (TACC) specific to each commercial shellfish harvesting area. 

Sub-area

Area N°

Area name

TACC (t)

1A

N-01.2.2

Batture à Théophile – Batture Bon-Désir

0,4

1A

N-02.2

Îles Penchées 

5

1A

N-03.1.2

Pointe à Émile

1

1A

N-03.2.1

Pointe à Boisvert 

20

1A

N-03.2.2

Pointe de Mille-Vaches 

20

1A

N-04.1.1.1

Baie des Chevaux

20

1A

N-04.1.2.1

Banc Marie-Marthe – Île Laval

30

1A

N-04.1.2.2

Baie Didier Sud

4

1A

N-04.1.3

Baie des Plongeurs

10

1A

N-04.2.1.2

Battures aux Gibiers Est

0.5

1A

N-04.2.2

Cran à Gagnon

5

1A

N-04.4.1

Anse du Colombier 

10

1A

N-04.4.2

Anse à Norbert 

1

1A

N-04.5.1

Anse Noire 

1

1A

N-04.5.2

Îlets Jérémie 

15

1C

N-05.1.3.1

Réserve Pessamit Sud

50

1B

N-06.1.1

Pointe-aux-Outardes Ouest*

30*

1B

N-06.1.2

Pointe-aux-Outardes Est*

1B

N-08.1.3

Rivière Mistassini

3

1B

N-08.3

Baie Saint-Nicolas

1

* A common TACC of 30 tons is established and shared between shellfish harvesting areas N-06.1.1 (Pointe-aux-Outardes Ouest) and N-06.1.2 (Pointe-aux-Outardes Est).

6       Management Regime 

Competitive fishery regime.

7       Minimum Catch Size 

51 mm

8       Harvesting Tools 

Sub-area 1A:                        manual tool only (excluding northern pike)  

Sub-area 1B:                        manual tool only (including northern pike)  

Sub-area 1C:                        manual tool only (excluding northern pike) 

9       Logbook 

All licence holders must complete the logbook entitled "Combined Form" and it must be returned to the Sept-Îles Fisheries and Oceans office each week when fishing operations have taken place.

10    Quota Reconciliation  

For each shellfish harvesting area, any total allowable commercial catch overrun incurred in a season is deducted on a one-to-one ratio from the total allowable commercial catch of the following season. 

Quota reconciliation encourages harvest limits to be respected. Quota reconciliation helps to achieve conservation objectives for the resource and provides industry with an increased responsibility in meeting conservation objectives.

11    Other Management Measures 

Shellfish discards

Discarding the catches taken under the Fisheries Actand its Regulations is prohibited.  

Participation Clause (sub-areas 1A and 1B) 

A 454 kg (1 000 pounds) participation clause could be applied in 2019, if the number of licences allowed in any of the sub-areas 1A or 1B reaches or exceeds 75 % of the maximal quantity of licences mentioned in this document. Catches must be registered with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) before December 31st of the current year. 

Coastal fisherman identification (sub-areas 1A and 1B)

Wearing a fluorescent orange vest of at least 2 500 cm2 is mandatory for the commercial shellfish harvesters in sub-areas 1A and 1B. The licence number must be clearly indicated on the back of the vest. All fishermen must have their licence in their possession at all times. 

12    Conditions of Licence 

To obtain their Conditions of Licence, licence holders must log on to the National Online Licensing System (NOLS). Conditions of licence will be available through the NOLS following payment of the licence and at the latest 48 hours before the opening of the fishery.  

For NOLS assistance, please contact customer support by phone at 1-877-535-7307, or by email at fishing-peche@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Approved by:  

Maryse Lemire  

Fisheries Management Regional Director 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada  

Quebec 

For any questions regarding this CHP  

You may call at: 1-800-463-1729 

For additional information  

Please visit our website at the following address:  

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fisheries-peches/index-eng.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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