Winter Recreational Groundfish Fishery
Saguenay Fjord, and Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence

December 11, 2017

Fisheries and Oceans Canada would like to inform the public that in accordance with Variation Orders 2017-090 , and 2017-Q-036, the recreational groundfish fishery is closed until further notice, except in the waters and for the dates mentioned below:

Saguenay Fjord: January 13, 2018 to March 4, 2018
Magdalen Islands: January 22, 2018 to March 31, 2018
Isle-aux-Coudres: February 10, 2018 to April 15, 2018

Regulations

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

  • The fishing areas, closed times, the quantities and the species authorized to retain, as specified in the table 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 if 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 caught by any person while fishing for recreational purposes and that has 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
Saguenay Fjord
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 January 13, 2018 to March 4, 201814
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.
Magdalen Islands
The waters around the Magdalen Islands From January 22, 2018 to March 31, 2018 , from 7:00 to 22:00 hrs
Each person engaged in recreational fishing can, in any day, catch and retain 10 groundfish , comprised of only Greenland cod and 0 (zéro) retention of forbidden species.
L’Isle-aux-Coudres
The waters within 50 meters of the coastline around the Isle-aux-Coudrese From February 10, 2018 to April 15, 2018
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 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

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 fisheries 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 Posted: December 14, 2017 10h30 am