January 31, 2021

Letter to Stakeholders:

Re: Atlantic Halibut

As you know, in its recent report to the Minister on 2000 Conservation Requirements for Groundfish Stocks on the Scotian Shelf and in the Bay of Fundy (4VWX), in Sub-Areas 0, 2 + 3 and Redfish Stocks, the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council (FRCC) did not provide advice for 2000/2001 on 3NOPs4VWX5Zc Atlantic halibut.

In its report, the FRCC said "The Council has decided to defer its recommendations for 2000 on Atlantic halibut until it has had data from the industry/DFO longline survey presented to it. This initiative is too important for the Council to ignore."

The FRCC will hold a consultation session on Atlantic halibut on Wednesday, February 9, at 6:00 pm, in the Baronet 1, 2, 3 Rooms of the Delta Halifax (formerly the Chateau Halifax). Stakeholders with an interest in this groundfish stock are invited to attend to make their views known to the FRCC, especially in relation to the on-going longline survey.

                                                                                                    Fred Woodman



For information:
Michel G. Vermette
Executive Director, FRCC
(613) 998-0433