Notices to Fish Harvesters
Halibut - 4RST - Upper and Middle North Shore - Competitive
Notice to Fish Harvesters - 2019
opening of the competitive Spring fishery for the ATLANTIc halibut 4RST
Upper and middle north shore fixed gear fleet of less than 19.81 m
Sept-Îles – April 26, 2019
Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec Region announces the opening of the spring fishery for the Atlantic Halibut of NAFO divisions 4RST for the Upper and Middle North shore (UMNS) fixed gear fleet of less than 19.81 m based from Tadoussac to Sept-Îles.
The fishery will be authorized from May 1, 2019 at 05 h (EDT) to May 3, 2019 at 18 h (EDT). Eligible fish harvesters who wish to participate to this fishery must ask for their Conditions of licence through the National Online Licensing System (NOLS).
As stipulated in the 2018-2019 Conservation-based Harvesting Plan (CHP)for the Atlantic Halibut fishery in NAFO divisions 4RST by the UMNS fixed gear fleet of less than 19.81 m,approved July 19, 2018, the allocation granted to UMNS fleet is of 61.48 t.
Following the application of quota report for a portion of the 2017-2018 quota that has not been entirely caught, and the realization of the fishery by the portion of the fleet based from Sheldrake to Natashquan, the residual Atlantic Halibut allocation available in directed fishery is of 30.10 t.
In order to insure the respect and the monitoring of the allocation available, the following measures applies:
Given the residual allocation of Atlantic Halibut available for directed fishery, an Individual Maximum Catch Limit (IMCL) of 2 200 kg (round weight) applies;
In the event of a second fishing period, only fish harvesters who participated to the first period and respected their IMCL will be eligible;
Would Individual Quotas (IQ) be developed for the 2019-2020 management year, IMCL overruns incurred by a licence holder in 2018-2019 will be deducted by a one-to-one factor from next year’s IQ.
Longline is the only gear authorized, with a maximum of 1 000 hooks except for holders of a groundfish licence that have not been active for many years, which are authorized to use 15% of this quantity (which means 150 hooks), as stipulated in the CHP.
Other management measures are specified in the 2018-2019 CHP approved July 19, 2018.
Also, with reference to the Notice to fish harvesters issued on April 12, 2019, additional management measures to reduce interactions with the North Atlantic Right Whale and to report any interactions with marine mammals are effective in all Quebec fisheries. For more details on these measures, please consult the Notice to fish harvesters available on our website at the following address:
For additional information, please contact:
North Shore area
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
418-962-6314 / Toll free: 1-800-463-1729
Note: In case of discrepancies between the English and the French versions, the latter prevails.
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