A review of the biology of Atlantic hagfish (Myxine glutinosa), its ecology, and its exploratory fishery in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (NAFO div. 4T): Fs70-5/2017-017E-PDF

“Atlantic hagfish (Myxine glutinosa) commonly occurs on the continental shelves or their edges across the North Atlantic (Figure 1). Atlantic hagfish in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (sGSL) was, until recently, not commercially fished. Since 2011, applications have been made yearly to the DFO Gulf Region for exploratory permits to fish hagfish within the management area designated as 4T9a and b (Figure 2). This research document provides background information on Atlantic hagfish to assist in management strategies for developing a fishery in the sGSL. The report includes a general overview of the biology and ecology of Atlantic hagfish, its status in the sGSL, a description of fishing activities in the sGSL, and a review of similar fisheries on hagfish elsewhere in Canada, including approaches used to manage these fisheries. Lastly, this report assesses science requirements in support of the management of a developing Atlantic hagfish fishery in the sGSL"--Introd., p. 1.

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Title A review of the biology of Atlantic hagfish (Myxine glutinosa), its ecology, and its exploratory fishery in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (NAFO div. 4T)
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Note Cover title. “March 2017.” Title at head of French abstract: Un aperçu de la biologie, de l’écologie, et de la pêche exploratoire à la myxine du nord (Myxine glutinosa) dans le sud du golfe du Saint-Laurent (div. 4T de l’OPANO).
Date 2017.
Number of Pages v, 39 p. :
Catalogue Number
  • Fs70-5/2017-017E-PDF
Subject Terms Fisheries resources, Salt water fish, Fishing area, Fisheries management