The Atlantic Halibut resource in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has increased dramatically in recent years. The Atlantic Halibut tagging is used to collect reliable scientific data to ensure we maximize the return to harvesters and their communities without impeding growth in the stock.
Information collected: halibut distribution, migration, growth rate and condition. Biological samples (i.e. otoliths, gonads, etc.) from both commercial and sub-commercial sized fish are collected. Information collected through the tagging will be used in the scientific assessment process.
The total number of Atlantic Halibut tagged in the Northern Gulf of St. Lawrence is 7,559.