QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 7, 2011) - Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Quebec Region, announces that the groundfish ice fishing season on the Saguenay River will open on January 22, 2011, and close on March 6, 2011. In accordance with the current regulations and scientific advice, each person is allowed to catch a maximum of 5 groundfish per day of any type, with the exception of Atlantic halibut, Greenland shark, Atlantic wolffish, northern wolffish, spotted wolffish, shellfish and crustaceans which must be returned to the water.

To ensure the sustainability of this resource and to allow the continuation of this activity in the future, fishers must abide by the regulation in force.

For the safety of those participating in ice fishing, DFO emphasizes that access to fishing sites is conditional on ice thickness in accordance with municipal regulations.

Further, the Canadian Coast Guard strongly recommends that all hikers, fishers and snowmobilers leave the ice during icebreaking activities as shifting ice may create a real danger for anyone in the area.

Please note that Canadian Coast Guard spring icebreaking operations on the Saguenay River will begin on or about March 14, 2011.

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Contact Information: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec Region
Michel Plamondon
Senior Communications Advisor