2020-21 groundfish 4VWX5 (Maritimes Region)

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 2020-21 groundfish 4VWX5 fisheries operate year round, from April 1st – March 31st.

Total Allowable Catches (TACs)

Groundfish 4VWX5
Stock 2019/20 TAC 2020/21 TAC
Pollock 4X5 6,024 mt (300 mt set aside for use of fish) 4,959 mt
Pollock 4VW 900 mt 660 mt
Silver hake 4VWX+5 15,000 mt 15,000 mt
White hake 4VW By-catch only By-catch only
White hake 4X+5 By-catch only By-catch only
Atlantic halibut 3NOPs4VWX5Zc 4,789 mt 5,507 mt (100t set aside for catch in the stock area by the US and France and maximum of 185t set aside for use of fish)
Atlantic cod 4VsW Moratorium – bycatch only Moratorium – bycatch only
Atlantic cod 4Vn (M-O) Moratorium – bycatch only Moratorium – bycatch only
Atlantic cod 4X5Y 825 mt, no directed fishing 825 mt, no directed fishing
Haddock 4TVW Moratorium – bycatch only Moratorium – bycatch only
Haddock 4X5Y 9,000 mt 6,877 mt
Flatfish 4VW 1,000 mt (350 mt cap on plaice) 1,000 mt (350 mt cap on plaice)
Winter flounder 4X
(was Flatfish 4X until 2015)
1,600 mt 1,600 mt
Atlantic wolffish 4VWX+5 Bycatch only Bycatch only
Argentine 4VWX 1,000 mt 1,000 mt
Redfish Unit 3 9,000 mt 9,000 mt
Spiny dogfish 4,000 mt directed fixed gear fishery; 4,000 mt bycatch for other gear types and regions 2,800 mt directed fixed gear fishery; 4,000 mt bycatch for other gear types and regions
Skates 4VsW Bycatch only Bycatch only

Management measures

The 2020-21 groundfish 4VWX5 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 2020-21 fisheries only.

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