Atlantic Halibut Fisheries Management Plan Announced For Gulf Of St. Lawrence

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) today announced the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for Atlantic halibut in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Divisions 4RST).

A TAC of 1,036.8 tonnes for 4RST will be established as of May 15, 2015. The sharing formula stabilized in 2013 will be used to distribute the first 864 tonnes of quota and the remaining 172.8 tonnes will be shared equally between the eight regional inshore fixed gear fleets currently involved in the directed Atlantic halibut fishery in 4RST.

As a result, the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 initial allocations per fleet (calculated before quota reconciliation or carry-forward of previously uncaught quota when applicable) are as follows:

Gulf New Brunswick – 71.64 tonnes

Gulf Nova Scotia – 50.11 tonnes

Gulf Prince Edward Island – 46.38 tonnes

Western Newfoundland – 254.47 tonnes

Quebec North Shore – 92.54 tonnes

Gaspe – 336.16 tonnes

Magdalen Islands – 73.48 tonnes

Scotia Fundy (4Vn Management Board) – 47.54 tonnes

Mobile Gear ˂ 19.81 m – 15.19 tonnes

Fixed Gear 19.81 m – 30.48 m – 29.64 tonnes

Mobile Gear 19.81 m – 30.48 m – 4.45 tonnes

Vessels ˃ 30.48 m – 15.19 tonnes

The management cycle for Gulf groundfish is from May 15 to May 14 of the following year and the Atlantic halibut 4RST stock is managed under a two-year period.

DFO will continue to regularly collect data and monitor this stock on an annual basis, so it can detect any changes in stock status and take any necessary action.

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