Commercial Fisheries

Commercial fisheries play an important role in Quebec's economy, particularly in the maritime regions. In Quebec, Fisheries and Oceans Canada manages the commercial fisheries undertaken in marine areas. The Department is mandated to preserve and protect marine resources in order to ensure the economic prosperity of fisheries.

For more information on commercial fisheries, contact the closest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office.

Commercial Fishing Area Maps

The fishing area maps presented below are available solely for information purposes. They were created in conformity with the regulations, fisheries licencing conditions or other various administrative sources in force at the time they were updated. For this reason, the maps have no official value or sanction and should not at any time be used for purposes of enforcing or interpreting the law.

SPECIES

AREA

DATE

Atlantic Razor clam

Quebec Region, Area 5

2014-02-13

Atlantic surfclam

Quebec Region

2011-05-11

Capelin

Gulf of St Lawrence

2004-05-07

Beluga

Northern Quebec

2007-05-31

Groundfish

Gulf of St Lawrence

2014-02-11

Herring

Gulf of St Lawrence

2004-05-07

Lobster

Gulf of St Lawrence

2011-03-29

Mackerel

Gulf of St Lawrence

2004-05-07

NAFO divisions and sectors

Quebec and Golf Regions

2004-05-07

Ocean Quahaug

Quebec Region, Area 5

2006-03-29

Rock crab

North Shore

2005-01-04

Rock crab

Magdalen Islands

2004-05-07

Scallop

North Shore and Gaspé

2004-07-05

Scallop

Magdalen Islands

2011/03/22

Seal

Gulf of St Lawrence

2004-05-07

Sea urchin

Quebec Region

2010-03-08

Shrimp

Gulf of St Lawrence

2004-05-07

Snow crab

Quebec Region

2007-01-30

Soft shell clam

Quebec and Gulf Regions

2009-03-10

Soft shell clam

North Shore
(Mechanical gear)

2004-06-30

Stimpson's surfclam

Quebec Region

2011-02-16

Toad crab

Quebec Region

2008-04-14

Whelk

Quebec Region

2010-02-02

For more information on commercial fisheries, contact the closest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office.

Variation order (fishing periods)

Under paragraph 6 (1) of the Fishery (General) Regulations, the Regional Director of Fisheries and Oceans Canada may, by order, amend the regulations concerning the closure period, the quota, size limit and the zone or part of the zone.

This list contains variation orders affecting Quebec fishers. They are classified according to the target species.

Shellfish, crustacean and other invertebrates

  • Clam
  • Crab
  • Lobster
  • Northern shrimp
  • Rock crab
  • Scallop
  • Whelk

Fish

Marine mammals

  • Grey seal
  • Harp seal
  • Nunavik beluga