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Supporting the future of the Anticosti fishery: Minister Lebouthillier announces the integration of a third area into the Quebec lobster data acquisition plan

Press Release

From: Fisheries and Oceans Canada

June 18, 2024

Québec (Quebec) – The Government of Canada is working hard to stimulate the country’s blue economy. For Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), contributing to the prosperity of coastal communities is of crucial importance. To this end, DFO is committed to assessing the feasibility of increasing the commercial lobster fishery in an additional region of Quebec, for the benefit of local communities.

Today, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the implementation of a data acquisition plan for Lobster Fishing Area (LFA) 17 in Anticosti. This announcement is in addition to the issuance of new exploratory lobster fishing licenses on Quebec’s North Shore, and the development of a data acquisition plan in 2025 for LFA 19, on the north side of the Gaspé Peninsula.

Area 17 is a popular fishing area for harvesters from the North Shore, the Gaspé Peninsula and also the Magdalen Islands for the development of the lobster fishery. That is why the acquisition of accurate data on lobster in this area is essential. This will enable us to assess whether the stock can support additional commercial fishing, while ensuring conservation of the resource.

DFO will soon be discussing with First Nations and industry the development of a data acquisition plan for Area 17, to be implemented as early as 2025. As part of this plan, new exploratory fishing licenses could be issued for Anticosti Island, again with priority given to the health of lobster stocks. The number, distribution and allocation criteria for these potential permits have yet to be determined.

Data acquisition underway in zone 18 on the North Shore this year and starting in 2025 in the Gaspé and Anticosti regions, will help strengthen the fishing industry throughout Quebec.

Quotes

“Today’s announcement is another important step for the future of Quebec’s fisheries and blue economy. In addition to the exploratory permits on the North Shore and the data acquisition plan for the northern Gaspé Peninsula, this plan for Anticosti will give us important information on lobster in the region.”

The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Quick facts

  • Abundance indicators (landings and catch per unit effort) have increased on Anticosti Island over time.
  • DFO will be meeting with First Nations and industry in the near future to develop a plan for acquiring data on lobster populations on Anticosti Island by 2025.
  • These discussions will support decisions to issue new exploratory fishing licences in Area 17 next year.
  • Lobster Fishing Area 17 extends around Anticosti Island.

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Contacts
Jérémy Collard
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Jeremy.Collard@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec Region
media.qc@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
418-648-5474

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