Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

December 10, 2007 09:44 ET

Groundfish Ice Fishing on the Saguenay

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 10, 2007) - Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Quebec Region, advise that the groundfish ice fishing season on the Saguenay River will open on January 14, 2008 and close on March 12, 2008. 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 Atlantic halibut, which must be returned to the water.

In order to ensure the sustainability of this resource and to allow the continuation of this activity in the future, fishermen must abide by the regulation in force. Moreover, information on the catches provided to DFO within the framework of the Sampling Program will have to be more 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, it is necessary to emphasize that access to fishing sites is conditional on ice thickness in accordance with regulation of the concerned municipality.

On another issue, the Coast Guard strongly recommends that pedestrians, fishermen and snowmobilers leave the ice carefully when they see an icebreaker in the immediate vicinity. The ice may move and this may create a real danger for anyone in the area of the Coast Guard vessel.

Please note that Coast Guard spring icebreaking operations on the Saguenay River will begin on March 13, 2008.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Quebec Region
    Michel Plamondon
    Communications Adviser