Spring-Summer Recreational Groundfish Fishery

Saguenay Fjord, Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence

June 29, 2023

Rebuilding plans 

Several groundfish stocks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, including northern Gulf cod, southern Gulf cod and white hake, are in the critical zone of the precautionary approach framework. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is currently developing rebuilding plans for these stocks in consultation with Indigenous partners and other fishing industry stakeholders. As a result, changes may be made to recreational fisheries management measures over the next few years to promote recovery of depleted groundfish stocks.

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 June 30, 2023 and from August 7 to October 1st, 2023
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 1st to August 6, 2023
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 June 30, 2023 and from August 7 to October 1st, 2023
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 1st to August 6, 2023

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 15 to June 23, 2023, and from August 2 to October 1st, 2023
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 June 24 to August 1, 2023
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 3, from July 8 to 10, from July 15 to 17, from July 22 to 24, from July 29 to 31, from August 5 to 7, from August 12 to 14, from August 19 to 21, from August 26 to 28, from September 2 to 4 and from September 23 to October 1, 2023
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 June 23, 2023, from July 9 to July 16, 2023, and from August 8 to October 1st, 2023
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 June 24 to July 8, 2023 and from July 17 to August 7, 2023
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.

Magdalen Islands
The waters within 50 meters of the coastline around the Magdalen Islands From April 15 to July 14, 2023 and from August 21 to October 1st, 2023
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 15 to August 20, 2023
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 1st, 2023
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

Spotted wolffish

Bar rayé

Atlantic wolffish

Brochet

Skate

Bar rayé

For more information you can consult the following variation orders: 2023-043, 2023-Q-030

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.

RQ0054 Broadcast - June 29, 2023, 8:21 a.m.