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


June 12, 2019

Moncton, Québec, Dartmouth, St. John’s – The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)
today announces the management plan for Atlantic halibut in the Gulf of St. Lawrence
Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) divisions 4RST.

A Total Allowable Catch (TAC) of 1,492 t for Atlantic halibut 4RST is established for a one year
period from May 15, 2019 until May 14, 2020. A quota of 60 t has been identified under section
10 of the
Fisheries Act to pay the costs associated with an annual scientific longline survey and
tagging program. This allocation will be taken off the top of the 2019-20 TAC.

The remaining quota (1,432 t) is distributed based on the sharing formula announced in 2016
following the review of the inshore fixed gear fleet shares. The inshore fixed-gear fleet sector
will receive a transfer of 92.5 % (355 t) of the mobile gear fleets’ allocation, which is distributed
equally between the eight inshore fixed-gear fleets involved in the directed Atlantic halibut

As a result, the 2019-2020 initial allocations per fleet (calculated before quota reconciliation or
carry-forward of previously uncaught quota where applicable) are as follows:

Fleets Allocations (t)
Eastern New Brunswick 96.08
Gulf Nova Scotia 64.54
Gulf Prince Edward Island 59.04
Western Newfoundland 364.23
Quebec North Shore 126.73
Gaspésie 484.02
Magdalen Islands 98.78
Scotia Fundy 60.74
Mobile Gear ˂ 19.81 m 12.58
Fixed Gear 19.81 m – 30.48 m 49.10
Mobile Gear 19.81 m – 30.48 m 3.68
Vessels ˃ 30.48 m 12.58
Scientific survey 60
Total 1,492


For more information:

Mario Gaudet
Senior Regional Advisor
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Moncton, NB
Steve Trottier
Senior Regional Advisor
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Québec, QC
Shelley Dwyer
Senior Regional Advisor
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
St. John’s, NL
Penny Doherty
Senior Regional Advisor
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Dartmouth, NS

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