FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA
NOTICE TO FISHERS
June 4, 2021
MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR ATLANTIC HALIBUT AND GREENLAND HALIBUT IN THE GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has announced the management plan for Atlantic halibut and Greenland halibut in the Gulf of St. Lawrence Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) divisions 4RST.
4RST Atlantic halibut - A Total Allowable Catch (TAC) of 1,716 t for Atlantic halibut 4RST is established for a one year period from May 15, 2021, until May 14, 2022, representing a 15 per cent increase from the previous year. From this TAC, a 60 t allocation has been set aside under section 10 of the Fisheries Act to support the industry/DFO longline survey and tagging project.
The remaining quota (1,656 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 % (411 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 2021-22 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 - 111.11
Gulf Nova Scotia - 74.63
Gulf Prince Edward Island - 68.28
Western Newfoundland - 421.20
Quebec North Shore - 146.55
Gaspésie - 559.74
Magdalen Islands - 114.23
Scotia Fundy - 70.24
Mobile Gear less than 19.81 m - 14.55
Fixed Gear 19.81 m to 30.48 m - 56.78
Mobile Gear 19.81 m to 30.48 m - 4.26
Vessels greater than 30.48 m - 14.55
Scientific survey - 60
4RST Greenland halibut - A TAC of 2,025 t is established for the stock for a one year period from May 15, 2021, to May 14, 2022, representing a 10 per cent reduction from the previous year.
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