2018 Groundfish (Maritimes Region) – 4VWX+5

The Maritimes Region Groundfish fishery occurs in the areas that correspond to subdivisions 4VWX5 and 5Z of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO).

Dates of season (subject to change)

The 2018-19 4VWX5 Groundfish fishery operates year round, from April 1st – March 31st.

The 2018 5Z Groundfish fishery operates year round, January 1st – December 31st.

Total Allowable Catches (TACs)

4VWX5 Groundfish:

Stock 2017-2018 2018-2019
Pollock 4X5 4,397t 5,137
Pollock 4VW 900t 900t
Silver Hake 4VWX+5 15,000t 15,000t
White Hake 4VW Bycatch only Bycatch only
White Hake 4X+5 Bycatch only Bycatch only
Atlantic Halibut 3NOPs4VWX5Zc 3,621t
(100t set aside for
catch in the stock
area by the US and
France)
4,164t
(100t set aside for
catch in the stock
area by the US and
France)
Atlantic Cod 4VsW Moratorium
(Bycatch only)
Moratorium
(Bycatch only)
Atlantic Cod 4VN
(May-October) resident stock
Moratorium
(Bycatch only)
Moratorium
(Bycatch only)
Atlantic Cod 4X5Y 1,650t total for
2017/18 & 2018/19
50% of the TAC
will be allocated in
each year
1,650t total for
2017/18 & 2018/19
50% of the TAC
will be allocated in
each year
Haddock 4TVW Moratorium
(Bycatch only)
Moratorium
(Bycatch only)
Haddock 4X5Y 7,650t 7,650t
Flatfish 4VW 1,000t
(500t cap on
American Plaice)
1,000t
(500t cap on
American Plaice)
Winter Flounder     
(was Flatfish 4X until 2015)
1,600t 1,600t
Atlantic Wolffish 4VWX+5 Bycatch only Bycatch only
Redfish Unit III 9,000t 9,000t
Argentine 4VWX 1,000t 1,000t
Skates 4VsW Bycatch only Bycatch only
Cusk 4VWX Bycatch only Bycatch only
Monkfish 4VWX Bycatch only Bycatch only
Spiny Dogfish
(Atlantic Canada)
4,000t directed
fixed gear fishery;
4,000t bycatch for
other gear types and
Regions
4,000t directed
fixed gear fishery;
4,000t bycatch for
other gear types and
Regions

Groundfish 5Z:

Stock 2017 2018
Eastern Georges Bank Haddock (5Zjm) 20,500t 24,400t
Eastern Georges Bank Atlantic Cod (5Zjm) 584t 694t
Georges Bank Yellowtail Flounder (5Zhjmn) 93t (Bycatch only) 87t (Bycatch only)

Management measures

The 2018 4VWX+5 Groundfish fisheries are managed through current Conservation Harvesting Plans, as well as the Integrated Fisheries Management Plan.

Please contact your regional DFO office for more information: (902) 407-8153 / DFO.MAR-FM-GP.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Single or Multi-year Planning

The information provided is applicable to the 2018-19 fisheries only.

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