FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA
NOTICE TO FISH HARVESTERS
May 26, 2020
2020-21 INTERIM TAC FOR ATLANTIC HALIBUT AND MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR GREENLAND HALIBUT AND OTHER GROUNDFISH STOCKS IN THE GULF OF ST.LAWRENCE
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) today announces an interim Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the Atlantic halibut fishery and the management plan for Greenland halibut in the Gulf of St. Lawrence Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) divisions 4RST, and provides a reminder of previous TAC decisions for other Groundfish species.
Atlantic halibut 4RST
An interim TAC of 1,000 t for Atlantic halibut will be authorized and allocated to only the inshore and mid-shore fixed gear fleets according to their current shares. Once a decision on the 2020-21 TAC is confirmed for this fishery, final allocations will be provided.
4RST Greenland halibut
A TAC of 2,250 t will be set for the stock for a one year period from May 15, 2020 to May 14,2021, representing a 33 per cent reduction from the previous year.
TAC levels for other Groundfish stocks listed below will be maintained for the time period indicated in the below table.
Species Annual TAC Time period
American Plaice (4T) 250 t Closed
Cod (4TVn) 300 t Closed
White Hake (4T) 30 t Closed
Winter Flounder (4T) 300 t Until May 14, 2022
Witch Flounder (4RST) 500 t Until May 14, 2022
Yellowtail Flounder(4T) 225 t Until May 14, 2021
3Pn4RS Cod 1000 t Until May 14, 2021
4TVn Cod, 4T American Plaice and 4T White Hake
The 4TVn Cod, the 4T American plaice and the 4T White Hake directed fisheries remain closed until further notice. The maximum allowable by-catch for these species in other directed groundfish fisheries will be limited as per Conservation Harvesting Plans. The existing TAC will be allocated as by-catch only.
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