Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

December 23, 2009 09:35 ET

Groundfish Ice Fishing on the Saguenay

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 23, 2009) - Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Quebec Region, announces that the groundfish ice fishing season on the Saguenay River will open on January 9th, 2010, and close on March 12th, 2010. In accordance with the current regulations and scientific advice, each person is allowed to catch a maximum of 5 groundfish per day of any type, with the exception of halibut, which must be returned to the water.

To ensure the sustainability of this resource and to allow the continuation of this activity in the future, fishers must abide by the regulation in force. Moreover, information on the catches provided to DFO must be precise in order to make it possible for the Department to obtain a clear picture of the biomass and to avoid a closure of this activity due to a lack of data coming from the winter fishing effort.

For the safety of those participating in ice fishing, DFO emphasizes that access to fishing sites is conditional on ice thickness in accordance with municipal regulations.

Further, the Coast Guard strongly recommends that all pedestrians, fishers and snowmobilers leave the ice during icebreaking activities as shifting ice may create a real danger for anyone in the area.

Please note that Canadian Coast Guard spring icebreaking operations on the Saguenay River will begin on March 13th, 2010.

For more information on the Ice Fishing, visit www.qc.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/

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