June 7, 2021
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FISHERIES & OCEANS CANADA:
Gulf, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador and Maritimes Regions
MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR ATLANTIC HALIBUT AND GREENLAND HALIBUT IN THE GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE
Moncton, Quebec, St. John’s and Halifax – June 4, 2021 – The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) today announces 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:
Notice to Fish Harvesters
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.
NEW in 2021: Crew Registry
The inshore regulations require inshore commercial licence holders, and their approved Substitute Operators, to keep records of all the crew members working aboard the vessel on every fishing trip. These records must be maintained by the licence holder for a period of five (5) years. More information can be found at https://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fisheries- peches/commercial-commerciale/atl-arc/inshore-regulations-reglement-peche-cotiere- eng.html#toc03.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Senior Regional Advisor Fisheries and Oceans Canada Moncton, NB
Senior Regional Advisor Fisheries and Oceans Canada St. John’s, NL
Senior Regional Advisor Fisheries and Oceans Canada Québec, QC
Senior Regional Advisor Fisheries and Oceans Canada Dartmouth, NS 902-402-5508
EKME/MGCE : 4236552