Notices to Fish Harvesters

Herring - 15

Conservation harvesting plan 2016 (11/05/2016)


Approved May 11th, 2016



The present harvesting plan applies to zone 15 herring license holders.


Fishing area

Herring area 15, Québec region, North Shore area.


Fishing season

The fishing season is established according to the Atlantic fishery regulations and is authorized annually from January 1st to December 29th.

However, the fishing season may be modified depending on specific circumstances such as industry requests, the quota being reached or a high probability of exceeding it.



The Total Allowable Catch (TAC) is of 4 000 tons.


Management regime

Competitive fishery.


Fishing gear

Specific to the license, the following gear is allowed:

All gillnets used for fishing must wear a single permanent (white) valid tag with a unique identification number.

Fishermen must obtain their tags from suppliers approved by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) whose list is available at the following address:


Hail in and dockside monitoring

Exceptionally, and due to major work being performed on the Blanc-Sablon warf during the fishing season, hail in and dockside monitoring will not be mandatory in 2016.



Logbook is mandatory.


Vessel monitoring system (VMS)

The VMS is mandatory for herring purse seine license holders. The broadcasting frequency must be of 30 minutes.


Boat leasing

Boat leasing from outside the North-Shore is not allowed.

The use of a boat registered in a license holder’s name (lease) must be kept during a minimum of one (1) month during the course of the season.


Species at Risk Act

Pursuant to the Species at RiskAct (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.


License Conditions

To obtain their Conditions of license, license holders must log on to the National Online Licensing System (NOLS) and place a request. These will be available through the NOLS following payment of the license 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


Approved by:

Andrew Rowsell
Area Director
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
North Shore

For additional information:

Isabel Calderón
Act. Chief, Resource Management, Aboriginal Affairs, Aquaculture and Species at Risk
Daniel Dickner
Act. Area Chief, Conservation and Protection
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
North Shore Area
418 962-6314

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