2019 groundfish (Maritimes Region) – 4VWX+5Y

The Maritimes Region groundfish fishery occurs in the areas that correspond to subdivisions 4VWX5Y of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO).

Dates of season (subject to change)

The 2019-20 4VWX5Y Groundfish fishery operates year round, from April 1st – March 31st.

Total Allowable Catches (TACs)

4VWX5 Groundfish:

Total Allowable Catches (TACs) - 4VWX5 Groundfish
Stock 2018-2019 2019-2020
Pollock 4X5 5,137 mt (300 mt set aside for use of fish) 6,024 mt (300 mt set aside for use of fish)
Pollock 4VW 900 mt 900 mt
Silver Hake 4VWX+5 15,000 mt 15,000 mt
White Hake 4VW Bycatch only Bycatch only
White Hake 4X+5 Bycatch only Bycatch only
Atlantic Halibut 3NOPs4VWX5Zc 4,164 mt (100 mt set aside for catch in the stock area by the US and France & 185 mt set aside for use of fish) 4,789 mt (100 mt set aside for catch in the stock area by the US and France & 185 mt set aside for use of fish)
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 1650t total for 2017/18 & 2018/19
50% of the TAC will be allocated in each year
825 mt, no directed fishing
Haddock 4TVW Moratorium – Bycatch only Moratorium – Bycatch only
Haddock 4X5Y 7,650 mt 9,000 mt
Flatfish 4VW 1,000 mt (500mt cap on Plaice) 1,000 mt (350 mt cap on Plaice)
Winter Flounder (was Flatfish 4X until 2015) 1,600 mt 1,600 mt
Atlantic Wolffish 4VWX+5 Bycatch only Bycatch only
Redfish Unit III 9,000 mt 9,000 mt
Argentine 4VWX 1,000 mt 1,000 mt
Skates 4VsW Bycatch only Bycatch only
Cusk 4VWX Bycatch only Bycatch only
Monkfish 4VWX Bycatch only Bycatch only
Spiny Dogfish (Atlantic Canada) 4,000 mt directed FG fishery; 4,000 mt bycatch for other gear types and Regions 4,000 mt directed FG fishery; 4,000 mt bycatch for other gear types and Regions

Management measures

The 2019 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.MARFisheriesManagement-GestiondespechesMAR.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Single or Multi-year Planning

The information provided is applicable to the 2019-20 fisheries only.