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La peche au redfish opens in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

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Redfish, the most abundant fish in the Gulf, is recognized as a very important predator of northern shrimp.

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After nearly 30 years of moratorium, commercial redfish fishing will be authorized this year in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Fishermen and industrialists welcome the news positively, although they deplore starving quotas.

The first phase of the reopening of this fishery will be done with at least 25,000 tonnes for Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.

The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Diane Lebouthillier, during her announcement on Friday, did not detail the proportion of this quota for each province, but indicated that the lion's share went to Nova Scotia.

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The reopening of fishing was announced by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Diane Lebouthillier, Friday afternoon in Rivière-au-Renard, during her presentation of a transition plan for the future of fisheries in Quebec and in Atlantic Canada.

The distribution also shows that offshore fishermen, i.e. boats over 100 feet, will hold the majority of allocations, i.e. 58.69% of total allowed.

Access and allocations are however broken down by fleet, where shrimpers from the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence as well as indigenous communities have respectively 10% of the quota reserved for them.

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Fleet sectors
Fleet of offshore mobile craft (ships> 100 feet) 58, 69%
Coastal fleet of mobile craft (vessels &lt ; 65 feet) 14 .84%
Mid-shore fleet of mobile gear ( 65 and 100 foot vessels) 5.72%
Fixed inshore fishing gear (bycatch) 0.75%
Shrimp fishermen of the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence 10%
Indigenous communities 10%< /td>

Source: Fisheries and Oceans Canada

For the following years, Minister Lebouthillier evokes development work with transitional quotas.

Fishermen from Lamèque are experimenting with redfish fishing in the hope of paving the way for a new industry.

The general director of Pêcheries Gaspésiennes, Olivier Dupuis considers the opening of redfish fishing to be good news for the processing and marketing sectors, as he already processes redfish in his processing plant in Rivière-au-Renard.

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