Notices to Fish Harvesters

Whelk - 1 to 7 and 9 - North Shore

Conservation Harvesting Plan 2015 - 2017 (2015-04-01)

 

Approved April 1st, 2015

 Modified April 11th, 2017

Species, areas and region

Whelk areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 – Quebec Region

 

Fishing areas

·         Area 1 : Tadoussac to Pointe-aux-Outardes

·         Area 2 : Pointe-aux-Outardes to Pointe-des-Monts

·         Area 3 : Pointe-des-Monts to Pointe Jambon

·         Area 4 : Pointe Jambon to Cap du Cormoran

·         Area 5 : Cap du Cormoran to Rivière-St-Jean

·         Area 6 : Rivière St-Jean to Baie-de-Grande Hermine

·         Area 7 : Baie-de-Grande Hermine to Rivière-de-l’Étang

·         Area 9 : North Anticosti Island

 

Dates of seasons (subject to change)

·         Area 1 : (25 weeks)

o    Season 2015 : 2 April to 24 September

o    Season 2016 : 31 March to 22 September

o    Season 2017 : 30 March to 21 September

·         Area 2 : (23 weeks)

o    Season 2015 : 2 April to 10 September

o    Season 2016 : 31 March to 8 September

o    Season 2017 : 30 March to 7 September

·         Area 3 : (30 weeks)

o    Season 2015 : 16 April to 12 November

o    Season 2016 : 14 April to 10 November

o    Season 2017 : 13 April to 9 November

·         Area 4 : (26 weeks)

o    Season 2015 : 16 April to 15 October

o    Season 2016 : 14 April to 13 October

Season 2017: April 20th to October 21st  

·         Area 5 : (26 weeks)

o    Season 2015 : 11 April to 10 October

o    Season 2016 : 8 April to 7 October

o    Season 2017 : 7 April to 6 October

·         Area 6 : (26 weeks)

o    Season 2015 : 24 April to 23 October

o    Season 2016 : 24 April to 23 October

o    Season 2017 : 24 April to 23 October

·         Area 7 : (26 weeks)

o    Season 2015 : 24 April to 23 October

o    Season 2016 : 24 April to 23 October

o    Season 2017 : 24 April to 23 October

·         Area 9 : (26 weeks)

o    Season 2015 : 11 April to 10 October

o    Season 2016 : 7 April to 6 October

o    Season 2017 : 6 April to 5 October

 

Total Allowable Catch (TAC)

·         Area 1 : TAC of 491 t

·         Area 2 : TAC of 109 t

 

Management Measures

The Department works in collaboration with the industry in order to adapt the management measures to the specifics of each fishing area. Modifications to the management measures presented below could be made during the course of the season.

 

Number of licences

·         Area 1 : 11 licences

·         Area 2 : 6 licences

·         Area 3 : 7 licences

·         Area 4 : 29 licences

·         Area 5 : 20 licences

·         Area 6 : 15 licences

·         Area 7 : 7 licences

·         Area 9 : 1 licences

Whelk licence holders in areas 5, 6 and 7 also have access to Area 9.

 

Minimum catch size

70 mm in length.

 

Number of traps

The number of authorized traps is written on the licence and is specific to each one. The following details apply:

In all areas:

a) Current whelk licence holders who are authorized to use 150 traps under a grandfather clause will retain this privilege. However, the grandfather clause will lapse if the licence is transferred to someone else than a son or daughter.

 

In area 5:

A member of the core group active in the whelk fishery, will see his number of authorized traps increased to 150 when permanently merging his enterprise with another in one of the following manners:

 

Merging of two enterprises having access to 100 traps. One of the licenses will be withdrawn from the fishery.

 

Merging of three enterprises one of which is an active licence having access to 100 traps and two of which have access to 50 traps. Both licences having access to 50 traps will be withdrawn from the fishery.

 

Partnership agreement

Pilot project which applies to areas 5, 6 and 7 licence holders who were in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and to area 4 licence holders who were active in 2013 and 2014.

The buddy-up system will be authorized ( no more than 2 fish harvesters per agreement). Fish harvesters involved in a partnership agreement will be allowed to use the addition of the number of traps authorized for each licence. The impact of this measure will be evaluated at the end of each season to consider pursuing or modifying it.

 

Volume of traps

Current whelk licence holders may use traps with a maximum external volume of 0.3 m3 (10.6 ft3).

 

Tagging

Each trap must bear a valid tag obtained froman approvedtag supplier(http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/sdc-cps/nir-nei/tags-supplier-region-eng.htm

Please note that as of 2018, the use of annual tags will be mandatory.

Hail in

Hail in to a local dockside monitoring company is mandatory for licence holders of areas 1 and 2.

Log book

The keeping of a log book is mandatory, and it must be sent to the Sept-Îles Fisheries and Oceans Canada office on the Saturday of each week, when there have been fishing activities.  

Area closure

Areas 1 and 2 will be closed when the total allowable catch (TAC) is reached.

Incidental catches

Incidental catches cannot be retained.

Simultaneous fisheries

Simultaneous fishing and landing of whelk and common crab are authorized. 

Multi-year committee

Three-year management plan, the next advisory committee meeting will be held during the winter of 2018. 

Species at Risk Act

Pursuant to the Species at Risk Act (SARA), no person shall kill, harm, harass, capture, take, possess, collect, buy, sell or trade an individual or any part or derivate of a wildlife species designated as extirpated, endangered or threatened.

At the time this Management Plan is promulgated, the Gulf of St.-Lawrence and the Atlantic species targeted by these measures are the following ones: Spotted wolffish, Northern wolffish, Leatherback Turtle and Striped Bass (St. Lawrence Estuary population). New species could be added in the course of the year.

 All by-catch of species identified above must be returned to the water and released in the exact capture location and, if the fish is still alive, in a manner that causes it the least harm. In addition, information regarding interactions with species at risk, including species mentioned above as well as the North Atlantic Right Whale, the Blue Whale (Atlantic population) and the Beluga Whale (St. Lawrence Estuary population) must be recorded in the Species at risk section of the logbook. 

Licence Conditions

To obtain their licence conditions, licence holders must log on to the National Online Licensing System. These 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:

Andrew Rowsell

Act. Area Director

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

North Shore

 

For questions regarding this management plan

Isabel Calderon

Act. Chief, Resource Management, Aboriginal Affairs, Aquaculture and Species at Risk

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

North Coast Area

418 962-6314

 

Clément Beaudoin

Act. Area Chief, Conservation and Protection

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

North Coast Area

418 962-6314

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