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Snow crab, area 15 – Quebec region
The fishing will begin on the 5th of April 2010 at 05h00 AM and will close on July the 12th 2010 at 24h00.
There will be no extensions of the season for other than exceptional circumstances out of the control of the industry or the DFO (ex. late ice).
Total allowable catches (TAC) are set at 593.274 tons, the same amount as last year and distributed as follows:
Species at risk :
Pursuant to the Species at Risk Act (SARA), all by-catches of spotted wolfish, northern wolfish and leatherback Turtle must be returned to the water and released in the same location they were caught and, if the fish is still alive, with as little harm as possible. Moreover, information regarding interactions with species at risk must be provided in the Species at risk section of the logbook.
A two working days deadline is necessary for the DFO to issue the license conditions. Fish harvesters meeting eligibility criteria will have to make formal agreements with the dockside monitoring and at-sea observers companies before contacting the DFO for the licence’s issue.
Please take note that DFO office will be closed from April 2nd to April 5th.