Spring-Summer Recreational Groundfish Fishery
Saguenay Fjord, Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence

May 29, 2017

Regulations

The recreational groundfish fishery is practiced without a licence. However, you must comply with the regulatory measures, such as:

  • The fishing areas, the closed times, the quantities and the species authorized to retain, as specified in the table and variation orders below.
  • It is the responsibility of each person to insure that all fish harvested can be retained. Every fish caught accidently and that cannot legally be retained must be released where it was caught, and where it is alive, in a manner that causes it the least harm.
  • No person shall engage in recreational fishing for groundfish by any means other than by hand-line or by angling.
  • No person shall possess fish that were caught by any person while fishing for recreational purposes and that have been skinned, cut, packed or otherwise dealt with in such a manner that the species and number of fish cannot be readily determined.
  • No person shall buy, sell, trade, barter or offer to buy, sell, trade or barter any fish that was caught while fishing for recreational purposes.
  • No person who is fishing for recreational purposes shall waste any fish that is suitable for human consumption.
Fishing Areas Opening of the Fishery and Restrictions
Charlevoix
The waters within 50 meters of the coastline between Baie-Saint-Paul and Tadoussac From April 15 to July 7 and from August 14 to October 1, 2017
Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain 15 groundfish of all species in the aggregate, except (0) zero cod, haddock, pollock, white hake and the forbidden species.
The waters between Baie-Saint-Paul and Tadoussac

From July 8 to August 13, 2017
From sunrise to sunset
Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain 15 groundfish of all species in the aggregate, including no more than a combination of 5 cod and/or white hake, except (0) zero forbidden species.

North Shore
The waters within 50 meters of the coastline between Tadoussac and Pointe-des-Monts From April 15 to July 7, from August 7 to September 15, and from September 25 to October 1, 2017
Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain 15 groundfish of all species in the aggregate, except (0) zero cod, haddock, pollock, white hake and the forbidden species.
The waters between Tadoussac and Pointe-des-Monts From July 8 to August 6 and from September 16 to September 24, 2017
From sunrise to sunset

Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain 15 groundfish of all species in the aggregate, including no more than a combination of 5 cod and/or white hake, except (0) zero forbidden species.
The waters within 50 meters of the coastline between Pointe-des-Monts and Natashquan From April 19 to June 30, 2017 and
from July 4 to July 7, 2017 and

from July 10 to July 14, 2017 and
from August 7 to August 11, 2017 and
from August 14 to August 18, 2017 and
from August 21 to August 25, 2017 and
from August 28 to September 1, 2017 and
from September 5 to September 22, 2017
Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain 15 groundfish of all species in the aggregate, except (0) zero cod, haddock, pollock, white hake and the forbidden species.

The waters between Pointe-des-Monts and Natashquan From July 1 to July 3, 2017 and
from July 8 to July 9, 2017 and
from July 15 to August 6, 2017 and
from August 12 to August 13, 2017 and
from August 19 to August 20, 2017 and
from August 26 to August 27, 2017 and
from September 2 to September 4, 2017 and
from September 23 to October 1, 2017

from sunrise to sunset
Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain 15 groundfish of all species in the aggregate, including no more than a combination of 5 cod and/or white hake, except (0) zero forbidden species.
The waters between Natashquan and Blanc-Sablon From July 1 to July 3, 2017 and
from July 8 to July 9, 2017 and
from July 15 to August 6, 2017 and
from August 12 to August 13, 2017 and
from August 19 to August 20, 2017 and
from August 26 to August 27, 2017 and
from September 2 to September 4, 2017 and
from September 23 to October 1, 2017

from sunrise to sunset
Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain 5 groundfish of all species in the aggregate, except (0) zero forbidden species
Gaspe Peninsula and Lower St. Lawrence
The waters within 50 meters of the coastline of Gaspe Peninsula and Lower St. Lawrence From April 15 to July 7 and from August 14 to October 1, 2017.
Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain 15 groundfish of all species in the aggregate, except (0) zero cod, haddock, pollock, white hake and the forbidden species.
The waters around Gaspe Peninsula and Lower St. Lawrence

From July 8 to August 13, 2017
Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain 15 groundfish of all species in the aggregate, including no more than a combination of 5 cod and/or white hake, except (0) zero forbidden species.

Magdalen Islands
The waters within 50 meters of the coastline around the Magdalen Islands From April 15 to July 21 and from August 28 to October 1, 2017.
Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain 15 groundfish of all species in the aggregate, except (0) zero cod, haddock, pollock, white hake and the forbidden species.
The waters around the Magdalen Islands From July 22 to August 27, 2017
From sunrise to sunset

Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain 15 groundfish of all species in the aggregate, including no more than a combination of 5 cod and/or white hake, except (0) zero forbidden species.
Saguenay
The portion from the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord lying upstream of a line joining Pointe Noire, Baie-Sainte-Catherine, (48º07’24’’N, 69º43’00’’W) to Pointe Rouge, Tadoussac, (48º08’06’’N, 69º42’06’’W) From April 15 to October 1, 2017
Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain 5 groundfish of all species in the aggregate, except (0) zero forbidden species.

The recreational fishery of the following species is forbidden at all time and in every area:

    Halibut
     
    Brochet
    Northern wolffish
     
    Bar rayé
    Atlantic wolffish
    Bec de lièvre
    Spotted wolffish
     
    Loup tacheté
    Skate
     
    Loup tacheté

For more information you can consult the following variation orders: 2017-Q-036 and 2017-019.

Offences and Poaching

Fisheries and Oceans Canada whose mandate is to protect and conserve marine resources, strictly enforces the Fisheries Act and is ever vigilant in its efforts to prevent poaching of marine resources.

People guilty of offences may be fined up to $100,000 under the Fisheries Act. Anglers must abide by the regulations in force.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada encourages the public to inform Fishery Officers of illegal or suspicious activities related to marine fisheries or the protection of fish habitat. You can report poaching by using the online form, which can be completed from any mobile device or computer and to which photos can be attached, or by calling 1-800-463-9057. Your call is confidential.

Poaching Alert

Contact Us

For more information, contact a Fisheries Officer at your local DFO office.

RQ0027 Broadcast: May 29, 2017, 10:30 am