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Fisheries & Oceans Canada
Gulf Region

2010 GULF NOVA SCOTIA – ATLANTIC HALIBUT (4RST) FIXED GEAR FLEET ALLOCATION AND OPENING DATES

Moncton – April 14, 2010

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans announces that fishing will be authorized, for Gulf Nova Scotia fixed gear licence holders fishing Atlantic Halibut in NAFO Division 4T with vessels less than 19.812 metres (65 feet) in overall length. This fishery is scheduled to take place from April 20, 2010 at 6:00 a.m. until April 23, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. This period may be modified due to inclement weather or other uncontrollable circumstances.

The remaining 2009 Atlantic Halibut quota for the Gulf Nova Scotia fixed gear fleet is 10.10 metric tonnes. This quota is valid until May 14th, 2010 at 11:59 p.m.

If conditions do not allow for an April 20, 2010 opening, industry will be consulted before a new date is announced.

For more information please contact:

Luc Légère
Senior Advisor, Groundfish
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Moncton, N.B.
(506) 851-2382
Paul Boyd
A/Area Chief, Resource Management
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Antigonish, N.S.
(902) 863-5670