Notices to Fish Harvesters

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

Notice to fish harvesters (2015-05-11)

OBJECT:Fishery management measures announcement

Quebec - May 11,2015

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec region informs Greenland Halibut fish harvesters from Québec region fixed gear fleets of the 2015-2016 fishing season management measures.

 The Greenland Halibut total allowable catch (TAC) is established at 4 500 tons for the fishing season 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. 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 4 500 tonnes, the Québec’s fleets share an overall allocation of 3 107 t (including a 295 t temporary transfer coming from the less than 19,81 m mobile gear fleet) distributed according to the established sharing formula, of:


Fleet under individual transferable quotas (ITQ) regime                                          2 478.3 t

Fleet under ITQ regime from Lower North Shore                                                       353.0 t

Fleet from the Lower North Shore non ITQ Program                                                   18.6 t

Fleet less than 13.71 m under competitive regime from Gaspe Peninsula                167.4 t

Fleet 13.71 m and greater under ITQ regime from Gaspe Peninsula (Others)            58.8 t

Fleet under competitive regime from Upper and Middle North Shore                          30.9 t


In accordance with the implementation of quota reconciliation, competitive quotas and ITQs will be adjusted, if applicable, in the next few weeks. 

The fishing season for the ITQ fleet, for the Gaspe Peninsula fixed gear fleet of 13.71 metres and over (Others) and for the fleet less than 13.71m under competitive regime from Gaspe Peninsula will open on May 15, 2015. With regard to other fleets, the opening will be announced later, following discussions with the concerned fish harvesters associations. 

The Conservation Harvesting Plan (CHP) and proposals received from the industry were discussed at the Greenland Halibut Regional Management Committee held on March 11th and 12th. A few changes were brought to the CHP including the mandatory implementation of Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) for fleets under the competitive regime in the Gaspé Peninsula and the Upper and Mid North Shore. Moreover, the hail in phone number has been changed. The requirement of lifting fishing gear at least every 72 hours and the halibut by-catch limit remain unchanged.  

The 2015-2017 4RST Greenland Halibut CHP modified on May 11, 2015 is included with this Notice to Fish Harvesters. 

To obtain licence conditions, 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 

You can obtain additional information on management measures and fishing areas on our website at  and information regarding changes to service delivery at the following address: You may contact your DFO office for more information.


Chantale Thiboutot

Resource management

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Quebec, (Quebec)


Resource management

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

North Shore Area Office (Quebec)

Gaspe Peninsula and Lower St-Lawrence Area Office (Quebec)




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