Review of the exploratory fishery for Atlantic hagfish (Myxine glutinosa) in NAFO Div. 4T: Fs70-6/2017-008E-PDF

"There was limited commercial interest and no fishery for Atlantic hagfish (Myxine glutinosa) in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (NAFO Division 4T) until recently. In 2011, four groundfish harvesters from Gulf Nova Scotia were licensed to conduct an exploratory fishery for hagfish in the 4T9ab management area located off northern Cape Breton (Figure 1). Conservation Harvest Plans since 2011 have allocated four licences for 4T9ab hagfish, although in most years only one licence has been active. Atlantic hagfish are harvested by baited barrels that are fitted with entrance funnels, and with escapement holes of a specified number and minimum diameter. The primary market for Atlantic hagfish is in Korea and Japan, where its skin is processed for fine leather goods and where it is also consumed. This report was undertaken to briefly review the biology of Atlantic hagfish, what is known of its ecology and population trends in the southern Gulf, and how it is managed in the southern Gulf and elsewhere. DFO policy restricts the publication of landing statistics in management areas where fewer than 5 harvesters are active. To maintain confidentiality, landings are not provided by NAFO area in this report. This review emphasizes the science requirements for assessing this fishery"--Context, p. [1].

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Title Review of the exploratory fishery for Atlantic hagfish (Myxine glutinosa) in NAFO Div. 4T
Series Title Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat, science advisory report,
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Language [English]
Other Language Editions [French]
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Note Issued also in French under title: Examen de la pêche exploratoire à la myxine du nord (Myxine glutinosa) dans la div. 4T de l’OPANO. Caption title. "March 2017." "This report is available from the: Center for Science Advice (CSA), Gulf Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada"--p. 12.
Date 2017.
Number of Pages 12 p. :
Catalogue Number
  • Fs70-6/2017-008E-PDF
Subject Terms Fisheries resources, Salt water fish, Fishing area, Fisheries management