Greenland halibut 4RST and redfish in Unit I (4RST, 3Pn and 4Vn (Jan. – May))

Species and Area

Greenland halibut divisions 4RST and Unit I redfish in the Gulf of St. Lawrence Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO).

Dates of season (subject to change)

The management cycle for these stocks is from May 15 until May 14 of the following year. Specific dates for openings and closings will be determined in consultation with the various fleets through the normal Conservation Harvesting Plan (CHP) process.

Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and Sharing Arrangements (if applicable)

An TAC of 4,500 t will be established for the period of May 15, 2017 to May 14, 2019 for Greenland halibut (turbot) 4RST representing the status quo from last year.

A TAC of 2,000 t will be established from May 15, 2017 until May 14, 2018 as an index fishery for redfish Unit I( Divisions 4RST, 3Pn and 4Vn (Jan. –May)) representing the status quo from last year.

The groundfish fisheries are managed according to a multi-year approach by aligning multi-year stock assessments and science advice with fisheries management decisions. The Department will continue to regularly collect data and monitor these stocks in years between stock assessments so it can detect any changes in stock status and take any necessary action.

Total Allowable Catch
Species Annual TAC Time period
Greenland halibut 4,500 t Until May 14, 2019
Unit 1 Redfish (index fishery) 2,000 t Until May 14, 2018

Management Measures

Fisheries and Oceans Canada met with representatives from various fleet sectors in the commercial fishery, fish processing industry, the provincial government and affected aboriginal groups through a meeting of the Gulf Groundfish Advisory Committee in March of 2017. Stakeholders provided input on management measures, including TACs, beginning with the 2017-2018 fishing season.

Conservation Harvesting Plans for individual fleets will be finalized through the normal consultation process between regional staff and industry officials.