Notices to Fish Harvesters
Halibut - 4RST - Lower North Shore West – Competitive (prior to August 2019)
Notice to Fish Harvesters 22/07/2016
Québec, July 22nd, 2016– Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Québec Region announces the management measures for the Atlantic Halibut directed fishery for the fixed gear fleet from the western sector of Lower North Shore (Kegaska to St. Augustin).
On April 22nd, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the permanent sharing of the North Shore Atlantic Halibut quota between the Upper and Middle North Shore’s (UMNS) fleet, which receives 54% of the quota, and the Lower North Shore’s (LNS) fleet, which receives its share of 46%.
For 2016, the quota granted to the North Shore’s fleet under competitive regime is established at 93.22 t. Thus, the allocation granted to Lower North Shore fish harvesters is of 42.88 t.
On the basis of the temporary sharing between the Lower North Shore’s western and eastern sectors, the allocation granted to the western sector corresponds to 32.16 t. Following the application of quota reconciliation, the western sector’s allocation is established at 31.79 t.
Of this allocation, 5.49 t are put aside for bycatches in other groundfish directed fisheries, leaving 26.30 t for the Atlantic Halibut directed fishery.
With reference to the consultation of the Lower North Shore Fishermen’s association (LNSFA), 15 fish harvesters and one Aboriginal Community are authorized to participate in the Atlantic Halibut fishery.
For 2016, the fishery will be authorized from July 26th 2016 at 4 AM (EDT) to August 1st 2016 at 7 PM (EDT) and will be managed through a maximum individual catch limit.
Most of the management measures are stipulated in the 2016-2017 Atlantic Halibut Conservation Harvesting Plan approved July 22nd, 2016 and joined to the present Notice to Fish Harvesters. As in 2015, buddy-up, boat leasing from outside the North Shore or fish harvester replacement will not be allowed except under exceptional circumstances. The simultaneous fishing for Greenland Halibut and Atlantic Halibut is not authorized.
Finally, the 2016-2017 Atlantic Halibut fishery statistics will not be considered in the eventuality of a change to the fishery management regime.
Authorized fish harvesters must obtain and print their valid Licence Conditions for the 2016 seasonthrough the National Online Licensing System before directing their harvesting activities on Atlantic Halibut.
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