Groundfish

The Maritimes Region is divided into two areas for the purpose of managing the recreational groundfish fishery:

  • Halifax Harbour and West, including the Bay of Fundy; and
  • Hartlen Point (at the entrance to Halifax Harbour) East to Cape North in Cape Breton, including the Bras d’Or lakes.

Cod

Photo Credit: Bob Semple
Photo Credit: Bob Semple

Dogfish

Dogfish

Flounder

Photo Credit: Greg Croft, DFO
Photo Credit: Greg Croft, DFO

Haddock

Haddock

Halibut

Halibut

Closed year-round to recreational fishing.

Pollock

Photo Credit: Greg Croft, DFO
Photo Credit: Greg Croft, DFO

Wolffish

Wolffish

Retention of Northern wolfish and spotted wolfish is prohibited year round. Striped or Atlantic wolffish may be retained as part of the general bag limit for recreational groundfish.

Halifax Harbour and West – Cod, Haddock, Pollock, Flounder, Dogfish

  • Season Dates
    • Season closed in January
  • Gear Restrictions
    • Handline and angling are permitted.
  • Limits
    • The daily groundfish bag limit is 10 in total (for example, 5 cod and 5 haddock for a total of 10).
    • There is no retention of halibut, Northern wolffish or Spotted wolffish.
  • Licensing
    • No licence required

Hartlen Point and East – Cod, Haddock, Pollock, Flounder, Dogfish

  • Season Dates
    • Open from the 3rd Saturday in June to the end of Labour Day
  • Gear Restrictions
    • Handline and angling are permitted.
  • Limits
    • The daily groundfish bag limit is 5 in total (for example, 3 cod and 2 flounder for a total of 5).
    • There is no retention of halibut, Northern wolfish, or spotted wolffish
  • Licensing
    • No licence required
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