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Variation Order GVO-2020-016

Issuance Date: 

2020-04-09

Species: 

Groundfish

Description: 

Close time and quota for recreational fishing for groundfish in division 4T.

Revocation: 

Revokes: GVO-2019-111
Revoked by: GVO-2020-018

Publication Date: 

2020-04-09 15:42:31 AT

Notice

The Regional Director General for the Gulf Region, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, hereby gives notice of the changes varying the seasons and quotas for recreational fishing for groundfish in the following waters of Division 4T.

Please find below, the following changes to the Groundfish recreational fishing seasons and quota in the waters of Division 4T:

The waters from the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord lying upstream of a line joining Pointe Noire, Baie-Sainte-Catherine (48°07’24”N, 69°43’00”W) to Pointe Rouge, Tadoussac (48°08’06”N, 69°42’06”W):
• Open season: From April 13 to September 27, 2020.
• Daily Bag Limit: Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain five (5) groundfish of all species in the aggregate, except zero (0) white hake, skate, halibut, northern wolffish, Atlantic wolffish, and spotted wolffish.

The waters of the St. Lawrence River within 50 meters of the coastline between Baie-Saint-Paul and Tadoussac in the Province of Québec:
• Open season: From April 11 to September 27, 2020.
• Daily Bag Limit: Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain fifteen (15) groundfish of all species in the aggregate, except zero (0) cod, white hake, haddock, pollock, skate, halibut, northern wolffish, Atlantic wolffish and spotted wolffish.

The waters of the St. Lawrence River within 50 meters of the coastline between Tadoussac and Pointe-des-Monts in the Province of Québec:
• Open season: From April 11 to September 27, 2020.
• Daily Bag Limit: Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain fifteen (15) groundfish of all species in the aggregate, except zero (0) cod, white hake, haddock, pollock, skate, halibut, northern wolffish, Atlantic wolffish and spotted wolffish.

The waters of the St. Lawrence River and the Bay of Chaleurs within 50 meters of the coastline adjacent to the lower St. Lawrence River and Gaspésie Peninsula in the Province of Québec:
• Open season: From From April 11 to September 27, 2020.
• Daily Bag Limit: Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain fifteen (15) groundfish of all species in the aggregate, except zero (0) cod, white hake, haddock, pollock, skate, halibut, northern wolffish, Atlantic wolffish and spotted wolffish.

The waters of the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence within 50 meters of the coastline of the Magdalen Islands (Division 4T2a):
• Open season From April 11 to September 27, 2020.
• Daily Bag Limit: Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain fifteen (15) groundfish of all species in the aggregate, except zero (0) cod, white hake, haddock, pollock, skate, halibut, northern wolffish, Atlantic wolffish and spotted wolffish.

The waters of the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait within 50 meters of the coastline adjacent to the Province of New Brunswick:
• Open seasons: From April 15 to July 5 and from August 12 to October 2, 2020.
• Daily Bag Limit: Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain fifteen (15) groundfish of all species in the aggregate, except zero (0) cod, white hake, haddock, pollock, skate, halibut, northern wolffish, Atlantic wolffish and spotted wolffish.

The waters of the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait adjacent to the Province of New-Brunswick:
• Open season: From July 6 to August 11, 2020, every day from sunrise to sunset.
• Daily Bag Limit: Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain fifteen (15) groundfish of all species in the aggregate, including  a combination of five (5) cod and/or white hake, except zero (0) retention of skate, halibut, northern wolffish, Atlantic wolffish, and spotted wolffish.

The waters of the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait within 50 meters of the coastline of the Province of Nova Scotia adjacent to the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait between the border of New Brunswick/Nova Scotia and the wharf at Auld’s Cove (Guysborough County) and between the old wharf at Creignish (Inverness County) to Cape North (Victoria County):
• Open seasons: From May 1 to July 28 and from September 3 to October 2, 2020.
• Daily Bag Limit: Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain fifteen (15) groundfish of all species in the aggregate, except zero (0) cod, white hake, haddock, pollock, skate, halibut, northern wolffish, Atlantic wolffish and spotted wolffish.

The waters of the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait adjacent to the Province of Nova Scotia:
• Open season: From July 29 to September 2, 2020, every day from sunrise to sunset.
• Daily Bag Limit: Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain fifteen (15) groundfish of all species in the aggregate, including  a combination of five (5) cod and/or white hake, except zero (0) retention of skate, halibut, northern wolffish, Atlantic wolffish, and spotted wolffish.

The waters of the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait within 50 meters of the coastline adjacent to the Province of Prince Edward Island:
• Open season: From June 1 to July 28 and from September 3 to October 2, 2020.
• Daily Bag Limit: Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain five (5) groundfish of all species in the aggregate, except zero (0) cod, white hake, haddock, pollock, skate, halibut, northern wolffish, Atlantic wolffish and spotted wolffish.

The waters of the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait adjacent to the Province of Prince Edward Island:
• Open season: From July 29 to September 2, 2020, every day from sunrise to sunset
• Daily Bag Limit: Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain fifteen (15) groundfish of all species in the aggregate, including  a combination of five (5) cod and/or white hake, except zero (0) retention of skate, halibut, northern wolffish, Atlantic wolffish, and spotted wolffish.

Anglers are reminded that the following waters are closed to recreational fishing for groundfish beginning on April 9, 2021 to January 31, 2021:
• All waters of Division 4T except those waters aforementioned.

• That portion of Division 4T inside a strait line joining the following points in the order which they are listed:

Point North Latitude West Longitude
1.    47º52’00"N    64º22’00"W
2.    47º52’00"N    64º02’00"W
3.    48º15’00"N    64º02’00"W
4.    48º15’00"N    64º22’00"W
5.    47º52’00"N    64º22’00"W

(known as Miscou Box)


and

Point  North Latitude  West Longitude
1.  47º33’00"N  64º54’00"W
2.  47º33’00"N  63º26’42"W
3.  47º03’15"N  64º00’00"W
4.  47º00’48"N  64º49’40"W
5.  47º33’00"N  64º53’60"W

(known as Shediac Valley)

Note: When the geographic boundary of an area is expressed in Latitude and Longitude those point references are based on the geodesic system North American Datum 1983 (NAD83). Positions are expressed in degrees, minutes, seconds.

Refer to Gulf Region Close Time Variation Order 2020-016 issued on April 9, 2020. For further information regarding this Order, please contact your local Fishery Officer.  To receive an electronic copy of all future Variation Orders issued by the Gulf Region, please email Orders.glf@dfo-mpo.gc.ca and provide your email address to be placed on our Variation Orders distribution list. Notices of all active variation and prohibition orders can be viewed on the Web site of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Gulf Region, under Orders Registry, at the following address: http://www.inter.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Gulf/Orders-Registry.

Gulf Region Close Time and Quota Variation Order 2019-111 is hereby revoked.

Gulf Region Close Time and Quota Variation Order 2020-016 comes into force on April 9, 2020.

Serge Doucet
Regional Director General
Gulf Region