Seal hunt North Shore Area - 2012 Season

Species and Area

Harp seal competitive fleet of the North Shore Area - Quebec region

Dates of season

Upper and Middle North-Shore (from Tadoussac to Natshquan, including Anticostie Island): December 5th 2011 to April 10th 2012;

Lower-North-Shore area (from Kegaska to Blanc Sablon): opening march 27th 2012 (closure date will be announced subsequently).

Total Allowable Catches (TAC)

The Total Allowable Catches for the competitive fleet of the North Shore Area is 10 123 harp seals.

Management Measures

Seal hunting methods

The three-step killing process, as described in the Marine Mammal Regulations and in the sealers’ license conditions, will remain in effect for 2011.

Licence classes

In 2011, the licence classes used to open and close the hunt on the North Shore Area are as follows:

Q200 Seal licence – commercial use held by a person residing in a community located between Tadoussac and Sept-Iles including these two communities.

Q201 Seal licence – commercial use held by a person residing in a community located between Moisie and Natashquan, including these two communities and Anticosti Island.

Q202 Seal licence – commercial use held by a person residing in a community located between Kégaska and Blanc Sablon including these two communities.

Q210 Seal licence – commercial use held by a person residing in a community located between Tadoussac and Sept-Iles including these two communities and who is authorised to catch, retain or be in possession of a maximum of six harp seals per year and the quantities of grey seals set for the competitive fishery of this fleet.

Q211 Seal licence – commercial use held by a person residing in a community located between Moisie and Natashquan, including these two communities and Anticosti Island and who is authorised to catch, retain or be in possession of a maximum of six harp seals per year and the quantities of grey seals set for the competitive fishery of this fleet.

Q212 Seal licence – commercial use held by a person residing in a community located between Kégaska and Blanc Sablon including these two communities and who is authorised to catch, retain or be in possession of a maximum of six harp seals per year and the quantities of grey seals set for the competitive fishery of this fleet.

Q220 Seal licence – commercial use held by a person who does not reside in a community located between Tadoussac and Sept-Iles including these two communities but who participates in the seal fishery from a vessel whose master resides immediately adjacent to one of these communities.

Q221 Seal licence – commercial use held by a person who does not reside in a community located between Moisie and Natashquan including these two communities and Anticosti Island, but who participates in the seal fishery from a vessel whose master resides immediately adjacent to one of these communities.

Q222 Seal licence – commercial use held by a person who does not reside in a community located between Kégaska and Blanc Sablon including these two communities but who participates in the seal fishery from a vessel whose master resides immediately adjacent to one of these communities.

Q230 Seal licence – personal use held by a person residing in a community located between Tadoussac and Sept-Iles including these two communities.

Q231 Seal licence – personal use held by a person residing in a community located between Moisie and Natashquan including these two communities and Anticosti Island.

Q232 Seal licence – personal use held by a person residing in a community located between Kégaska and Blanc Sablon including these two communities.

Q233 Seal licence – personal use held by a person residing in a community located between Pointe-au-Pic and Saguenay including these two communities.

Q250 Sealing licence – aboriginal communal issued in accordance with the Aboriginal Communal fishing licences regulations and held by a aboriginal organization residing between Tadoussac and Blanc Sablon including these two communities.

Please take note that it is the sealer’s responsibility to identify his licence class, in order to assure that he ceases all sealing activities when DFO will announce that the hunt is closed for this licence class.

Closing of the hunt

In order to ensure that the quota is not surpassed, DFO will close the hunt as soon as its analysis shows that the quota will potentially be reached. Sealers must cease their activities as soon as the closure is announced, normally via the Coast Guard or the DFO staff, which include the Fishery Officers.

Issuance of licences

A freeze on the issuance of new licenses remains in effect for the 2012 season, except for personal use licences which may be issued to individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for such a licence.

Hail out

All vessels taking part in hunting have to hail out prior the departure as stipulated in licence conditions.

Hail in

All vessels taking part in hunting have to hail in as stipulated in licence conditions.

Identification and use of principal and auxiliary boats

Principal boat:

Any boat driven by an engine of 10 HP or more that will be used for seal hunting must be registered at the MPO.

Auxiliary boat:

Any boat (including more 10 HP) transported on board the principal boat will be considered as being an auxiliary boat and the registration of this one will not be obligatory. A maximum of two auxiliary boats will be authorized as stipulated in licence conditions.

Vessels leasing:

Leasing of vessels outside the Quebec Region will not be authorized.

Licence Conditions

Licence conditions may be obtained by contacting any of our Area Offices. Licence conditions are normally issued within two or three working days.

Approved by:

signature Martin St-Gelais
Martin St-Gelais
Area Manager
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
North Coast

For additional information

Jean Morisset
Chief, Resource Management, Aboriginal Fisheries and Species at Risk
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
North Coast Area
418 962-6314

Andrew Rowsell
Area Chief, Conservation and Protection
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
North Coast Area
418 962-6314

Links to other information

Published management plans: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/decisions/fm-2012-gp/index-atl-eng.htm