Notices to Fish Harvesters

Halibut - 4RST - Gaspe-Lower St. Lawrence - Fixed Gear less than 13,71m - I(t)Q - Association des morutiers traditionnels de la Gaspésie

Announcement of the management measures

 

4RST ATLANTIC HALIBUT CONSERVATION HARVESTING PLAN (CHP)FOR THE

GASPÉ FIXED GEAR FLEET OF LESS THAN 13.71 METRES

TURBOT FISHERS UNDER AN ITQ GROUP AND

ASSOCIATION DES MORUTIERS TRADITIONNELS DE LA GASPÉSIE GROUP

 

 

 

Gaspé – June 13, 2019

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec Region announces the management measures into the 4RST Atlantic Halibut Conservation Harvesting Plan (CHP) for the Gaspé gear fleet less than 13.71 m from the Turbot fishers under an ITQ groupand the Association des morutiers traditionnels de la Gaspésie (AMTG) groupfishing in the 4RST divisions approved May 21, 2019.

According to the permanent sharing agreement of the Gaspé fixed gear fleet of less than 13.71 m, the initial allocation granted to the Turbot fishers under an ITQ group is 82.779 t while the one granted to the Association des morutiers traditionnels (AMTG) group is 16.903 t.

The fishery will be authorized until October 31, 2019 with a maximum of 3000 hooks, used or aboard the vessel.  

Banc-des-Américains Marine Protected Area

On March 6, 2019, Fisheries and Oceans Canada created, jointly with the Quebec government, the Banc-des-Américains Marine Protected Area (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: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2019/2019-03-06/html/sor-dors50-eng.html

Temporary closure for Atlantic Halibut directed fishery

Licence holders are advised of the continued temporary closure of part of the 4T division, considering the excessive by-catch of cod previously observed. This area will remain closed until further notice, and is bounded by straight lines delineated by the following points:

1.          49°02’00" N   64°10’00" W

2.          48°31’00" N   62°37’00" W

3.          48°23’00" N   63°08’00" W

4.          48°46’00" N   64°10’00" W

5.          49°02’00" N   64°10’00" W

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: https://inter-l01.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/applications/opti-opei/notice-avis-eng.php?region_id=4&sub_type_id=5&type=1&display_option=1.

To obtain new Conditions of licence, in relation to the June 12, 2019 announcement of the final allocation, fishers 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 fishing-peche@dfo-mpo.gc.ca 

For additional information

Please visit our websiteat the following address: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fisheries-peches/commercial-commerciale-eng.html.

 

Resource management

Gaspe ‑ Lower St. Lawrence Area

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

418-368-5559/1-877-898-5559 (toll free)

 

Note: In case of discrepancies between the English and the French versions, the latter prevails.

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