Notices to Fish Harvesters

Greenland Halibut (turbot) - 4RST - Quebec - Fixed Gear less than 19,81m QIT (General)

Announcement of the Fishery Management Measures

Quebec June 12, 2019

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec region informs Greenland Halibut fish harvesters from Québec region fixed gear fleets of the 2019-2020 fishing season management measures.

The Greenland Halibut total allowable catch (TAC) is established at 3,375 t for the fishing season 2019-2020. The Québec’s fixed gear fleets allocation corresponds to 82% of the allocation of the fixed gear fleet less than 19.81 m of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. On the basis of the TAC of 3,375 t, Québec’s fleets share an overall allocation of 2,330 t (including a 221 t temporary transfer coming from the less than 19,81 m mobile gear fleet) distributed according to the established sharing formula:

Fleet under individual transferable quotas (ITQ) regime

1,858.9 t

Fleet under ITQ regime from the Lower North Shore

264.8 t

Fleet from the Lower North Shore non ITQ Program

14.0 t

Fleet less than 13.71 m under competitive regime from the Gaspe Peninsula

125.6 t

Fleet 13.71 m and greater under ITQ regime from Gaspe Peninsula (Others)

44.1 t

Fleet under competitive regime from Upper and Middle North Shore

23.1 t


In accordance with the implementation of quota reconciliation, competitive quotas and ITQs will be adjusted, if applicable, in the next few weeks. Note that carry-forward of the 2018-2019 residual quotas will not be authorized in 2019-2020.


Banc-des-Américains Marine Protected Area (MPA)

On March 6, 2019, Fisheries and Oceans Canada created, jointly with the Quebec government, the Banc-des-Américains MPA in order to the ensure the conservation and protection of this marine ecosystem.

Provisions of the Banc-des-Américains Marine Protected Area Regulations apply to licence holders. In order to comply with them, please refer to the clauses that apply to your fishing activities:


You can also consult the Notice to Fish Harvesters published on May 13th, 2019, which summarizes the regulatory measures concerning fishing and navigation activities within the Banc-des-Américains MPA:


Management measures to minimize the risks of interactions with North Atlantic Right Whales

Changes have been made to the management measures to minimize the risks of interactions with North Atlantic Right Whales, as well as the requirement to report lost and retrieved gear. All the information on these measures has been published in the April 12th, 2019 Notice to Fish Harvesters, available at the following link:


Other management measures

The fishery will begin on June 18th, 2019 for the fleet under ITQ regime from the Lower North Shore, while that for the other fleets under QIT regime that began on May 15, 2019 on an interim basis will continue until October 31th, 2019. For the other fleets, the opening will be announced later, following discussions with the concerned fish harvesters associations.

Other management measures in the Greenland Halibut 2019-2021 Conservation Harvesting Plan remain unchanged, in accordance with the discussions held at the Regional Greenland Halibut Management Committee (RGHMC) in April 2019.


Conditions of licence

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

Fish harvesters who want to obtain Conditions of licence authorizing them to fish Greenland Halibut using a longline will need to make a request.


For more information

You can obtain additional information concerning the management measures and the fishing areas on our website at For more information, please call (select the phone number which apply to your area):


Magdalen Islands Area: 418-986-2095

North Shore Area: 1-800-463-1729

Gaspé–Lower St. Lawrence Area: 1-877-898-5559


Steve Trottier

Resources Management

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Quebec City, (Quebec)


Resources Management

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

North Shore Area

Gaspé–Lower St. Lawrence Area:

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