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Management Plan for Atlantic Halibut in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

06/12/2019

FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA
NOTICE TO FISH HARVESTERS
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Jun. 12, 2019

MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR ATLANTIC HALIBUT IN THE GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE

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 fishery.

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    -          96.08t

 Gulf Nova Scotia -              64.54t

 Gulf Prince Edward Island -      59.04t

 Western Newfoundland -      364.23t

 Quebec North Shore -             126.73t

 Gaspésie -                     484.02t

 Magdalen Islands -              98.78t

 Scotia Fundy    -                 60.74t

Mobile Gear ˂ 19.81 m -              12.58t

Fixed Gear 19.81 m - 30.48 m -      49.10t

Mobile Gear 19.81 m - 30.48 m -       3.68t

Vessels ˃ 30.48 m -              12.58t

Scientific survey -              60t

Total -                           1,492t