Notices to Fish Harvesters
Halibut - 4RST - Upper and Middle North Shore - Competitive
Notice to Fish Harvesters - 2019
cALL OF INTEREST for the competitive SUMMER fishery for the ATLANTIc halibut 4RST AND announcment of the opening of the fishery for the Upper and middle north shore fixed gear fleet of less than 19.81 m
Sept-Îles – July 17, 2019
Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec Region announces the opening of the Summer fishery for the Atlantic halibut of NAFO divisions 4RST by the portion of the Upper and Middle North Shore (UMNS) fixed gear fleet of less than 19.81 m based from Sheldrake to Natashquan. The fishery will be authorized from July 25, 2019 at 03 h (EDT) to July 31, 2019 at 15 h 00 (EDT).
Authorized fishers must indicate their interest in participating in the fishery.
In order to respect the available allocation, the following measures applies:
Exceptionally in 2019-2020, the allocation of the UMNS’s competitive fixed gear fleet is divided into two equal parts. The portion of the fleet based from Sheldrake to Natashquan has access to 50% of this allocation, while the other 50% is allocated to the portion of the fleet based from Tadoussac to Sept-Îles;
An Individual Maximum Catch Limit (IMCL) will be established based on the number of fishers who have indicated their interest in participating in the fishery;
In the event of a second fishing period, only fish harvesters who participated to the first period and respected their IMCL will be eligible;
Any IMCL overrun incurred by a licence holder in 2019-2020 will be reconciled individually by a one-to-one factor from his IMCL or, if applicable, his individual transferable quota of the following year(s).
Longline is the only gear authorized, with a maximum of 500 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 75 hooks), as stipulated in the Conservation-based Harvesting Plan (CHP) of the Atlantic Halibut fishery in NAFO divisions 4RST by the UMNS fixed gear fleet of less than 19.81 m in 2019-2020. Other management measures are specified in the CHP.
Eligible fish harvesters who wish to indicate their interest in participating in this fishery must ask for their Conditions of licence through the National Online Licensing System (NOLS) at the latest on Monday, July 22 at 23 h 59 (EDT). No request received after this date will be taken into account.
With reference to the Notices to Fish Harvesters issued on April 12, 2019 and July 10, 2019, respectively, additional management measures to report and minimize the risks of interaction with marine mammals, including a closure protocol in the event of the presence of North Atlantic right whales, are in effect in Quebec fisheries. For more details on these measures, please refer to the Notices to Fish Harvesters available on our website:
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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