Satellite Tagging Reveals Northern Gulf Halibut Mysteries
By Dominique Robert and Jonathan Fisher
Following the 2015 stock assessment, the quota for Atlantic halibut in the Gulf of St. Lawrence was set at a record high.
However, the fishery is currently managed under the precautionary approach given the absence of a true abundance estimate and despite the fact that industry feels the stock has been underexploited for several years.
Given this, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) scientists are planning the design of a longline survey, which ...
Building an Industry: P.E.I.’s Only Halibut Farm Continues to Grow
Leaning over the tank full of water in front of him, Bob Johnson pushed open a mesh screen so his visitor could get a look at the creatures lurking inside.
Readily distinguishable from the light blue tanks they swam in, hundreds of flat, dark, outlines hugged the bottom as though their lives depended on it — each about the size of an open human palm.
Despite their love of the bottom of the tank, a couple of the small fish break away, head for the surface and swim leisurely there for a ...
P.E.I. Halibut Fishery Opened Sept. 9
The Prince Edward Island September halibut season opened, September 9 at 6 a.m.
It will remain open today (Sept. 10) and then, due to the pending weather forecast, will not reopen again until Monday Sept. 14 and Tuesday Sept. 15.
Atlantic halibut fishers must ensure that while verifying catch weights during landings, their total weight is accurate.
As the 2015, Atlantic halibut P.E.I. fleet license condition seasonal catch limit is stated in round weight, a conversion factor of 1.14 is ...
Halibut Fishery Opening in 4R for Quebec Region Fleet
DFO advises that the Halibut fishery in NAFO Division 4R, for vessels based in the Quebec Region, will open at 0430 hrs EDT on July 8, 2015 and close on July 10, 2015 at 0600hrs EDT.
The specific vessel class affected by this opening and closing is A127 (Halibut fishers based in Gaspésie from the “Autres” group).
However, DFO also advised that the Greenland Halibut fishery in NAFO Division 4R for Quebec Region Vessel Classes A213 (Competitive fisher of Greenland halibut Upper and ...
4R Atlantic Halibut – Second Seasonal Opening Date
DFO advises that the Atlantic Halibut hook and line (long line) fishery in NAFO Division 4RST, for fixed gear vessels less than 65 feet based in Western NL and Southern Labrador, will open at 0600hrs hours on Monday, July 6, 2015.
This fishery is open for vessel class A289 and will close at 2000hrs on July 12, 2015.
New conditions for this fishery must be obtained through the National Online Licencing System prior to engaging in fishing activities.
Buddy-up arrangements must be ...
Cod Fishery Opening in NAFO Divisions 4RS and Sub-Division 3Pn
DFO advises that the directed competitive cod fishery in NAFO Divisions 4RS and sub-Division 3Pn, for fixed gear vessels less than 65 feet, using six gillnets or 2,000 hooks, will open at 0600hrs on Monday, July 6, 2015.
This opening is for the following vessel classes:
Enterprises based in Western NL and Southern Labrador - 4R3Pn (A274, A275, A277, A278)
Enterprises based in 3Ps with overlap rights to 3Pn (A263, A266, A269,A272)
Fish harvesters are reminded of the following:
Argument for the Halibut: Newfoundland and Labrador Furious, P.E.I. Pleased Over Quota Tonnages
What should have been a joyous occasion in the Atlantic Canada fishing industry has turned into a war of words being shouted across the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
It started out innocently enough, with a 20 per cent increase in the total allowable catch of Atlantic halibut in the Gulf. The regional catch for the giant flatfish will go from 864 tonnes in 2014 to 1,036.8 tonnes for 2015 and 2016.
However, the bone of contention here lies in how that increase has been allocated amongst Atlantic ...
Greenland Halibut (Turbot) Fishery <65-foot Fixed Gear Fleet opening in NAFO Divisions 2+3K
DFO advises that the fixed gear Greenland halibut fishery (Turbot) in NAFO Divisions 2+3K will open for vessels less than 65 feet at 0600 hrs, June 24, 2015 and will close 2000 hrs, July 3, 2015.
Fish Harvesters are required to hail-out to an At Sea Observer Company 24 hours prior to leaving port.
All gear must be removed from the waters of NAFO Divisions 2+3K at the end of the trip.
Licences conditions are available through DFO’s National On-line Licencing System for those fish ...
N.L. Provincial Government Urges DFO to Reverse Allocation Decision on Atlantic Halibut
The Provincial Government is expressing outrage with the decision announced yesterday by the Honourable Gail Shea, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on the allocation of increased quota for Atlantic halibut in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which effectively takes away halibut from Newfoundland and Labrador harvesters and gives it to harvesters in the Maritime provinces.
Instead of adhering to the established allocation formula, the federal minister is sharing this year’s Gulf halibut ...
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 ...