Notices to Fish Harvesters

Sea Urchin - 1 à 8 - Gaspe-Lower St. Lawrence

Conservation harvesting plan 2013-2017

 

Approved July 23, 2013

Amended October 1, 2013

Amended March 23, 2015

Amended March 29, 2017

 

1. Application

The present conservation harvesting plan applies to the fleet of urchin licence holder/vessel operators of areas 1 to 8, under a competitive regime, for seasons 2013 to 2017.

As announced in the fall of 2011, new sea urchin experimental dive fishing licences will be issued in fishing areas 1, 2, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 7C, 8A, 8B, 8C and 8F.

Following this experimental fishery, exploratory licences could be issued in certain subareas in accordance with certain eligibility criteria. Under the New Emerging Fisheries Policy, participants in the experimental fishery may be given priority when exploratory licences are issued.

2. Fishing areas and sub-areas

The sea urchin fishing areas and sub-areas are marked by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:

AREA 1:

48°05'59.1"  N          66°20'45.9"    W

48°05'04"      N          66°21'30"       W

48°03'16"      N          66°19'21"       W

48°01'30"      N          65°50'00"       W

47°51'42"      N          65°29'10"       W

48°02'18"      N          65°29'10"       W

AREA 2:

48°02'18"      N          65°29'10"       W

47°51'42"      N          65°29'10"       W

47°57'45"      N          65°03'30"       W

47°59'40"      N          64°59'05"       W

48°06'21.6"  N          65°01'56.4"    W

AREA 3A:

48°11'23"      N          64°51'38"       W

48°05'11.6"  N          64°46'18.5"    W

48°12'15"      N          64°30'00"       W

48°19'36"      N          64°41'36"       W

AREA 4A:

48°19'36"      N          64°41'36"       W

48°12'15"      N          64°30'00"       W

48°12'15"      N          64°22'24"       W

48°23'43"      N          64°30'22"       W

AREA 5A:

48°30'00"      N          64°13'15"       W

48°20'39.8"  N          63°32'42"       W

48°30'00"      N          63°00'00"       W

48°43'00"      N          64°13'30"       W

48°50'30"      N          64°24'30"       W

48°50'11.7"  N          64°28'24.3"    W

AREA 5B:

48°50'11.7"  N          64°28'24.3"    W

48°50'30"      N          64°24'30"       W

48°43'00"      N          64°13'30"       W

48°44'55"      N          64°09'51"       W

AREA 6A:

48°44'55"     N           64°09'51"       W

48°43'00"      N          64°13'30"       W

48°30'00"      N          63°00'00"       W

49°40'36.3"  N          64°43'57.6"    W

49°12'06.5"  N          64°54'57.5"    W

Excluding areas AP5 and AP6, which are between the following points:

49º10'26''      N          64º48'54.2''    W

49º17'00''      N          64º44'00"       W

49°17'41.5''  N          64°52'04''       W

49°12'01.2''  N          64°54'44.4''    W

48°59'29.5''  N          64°22'20.4''    W

49°04'22.4''  N          64°14'23.3''    W

49°05'25''      N          64°16'50.5''    W

49°00'33.8''  N          64°23'57.3''    W

AREA 6B:

49°12'06.5"  N          64°54'57.5"    W

49°40'36.3"  N          64°43'57.6"    W

49°51'30"      N          65°00'00"       W

49°33'30"      N          65°56'30"       W

49°13'36.9"  N          65°56'30"       W

Excluding areas AP3B and AP4, which are between the following points:

49º13'42''      N          65º54'35''       W

49º19'00''      N          65º54'35''       W

49°13'36.9"  N          65°56'30"       W

49º19'00''      N          65°56'30"       W

49º15'09.6''  N          65º26'00''       W

49º20'36.2''  N          65º26'00''       W

49º21'25''      N          65º35'30''       W

49°15'13.5''  N          65°35'30''       W

AREA 7A:

49°13'36.9"  N          65°56'30"       W

49°33'30"      N          65°56'30"       W

49°24'24.2"  N          66°25'00"       W

49°09'33.9"  N          66°25'00"       W

Excluding areas AP2 and AP3A, which are between the following points:

49º10'21.5''  N          66º21'00''       W

49º19'00''      N          66º21'00''       W

49°19'00''      N          66°25'00''       W

49°09'33.9''  N          66°25'00''       W

49°13'36.9"  N          65°56'30"       W

49º19'00''      N          65°56'30"       W

49º19'00''      N          66º00'50''       W

49º13'22.8''  N          66º00'50''       W

AREA 7B:

49°09'33.9"  N          66°25'00"       W

49°24'24.2"  N          66°25'00"       W

49°13'45.6''  N          66°58'25''       W

49°00'11.5''  N          66°58'25''       W

Excluding area AP1B, which is between:

49°03'11.4"  N          66°50'00''       W

49°16'26.5''  N          66°50'00''       W

49°14'51''      N          66°55'00''       W

49°01'50''      N          66°55'00''       W

AREA 7C:

48°56'31.4"  N          67°10’00"       W

49°09’45"     N          67°11’00"       W

48°52'41.3"  N          67°54'30.6"    W

48°45'18.4"  N          67°47'55"       W

AREA 8A:

48°42'00"      N          67°56'04''       W

48°49'11.3''  N          68°03'26.5''    W

48°39'28.6''  N          68°28'11''       W

48°33'07''      N          68°23'00''       W

AREA 8B:

48°33'07"      N          68°23'00''       W

48°39'28.6''  N          68°28'11''       W

48°30'21.4''  N          68°51'26.4''    W

48°22'41''      N          68°43'39''       W

AREA 8C:

48°19'52.8"  N          68°51'27.4"    W

48°27'00"      N          69°00'00"       W

48°16'34.5''  N          69°15'06.3''    W

48°11'29.5''  N          69°06'22''       W

AREA 8D:

48°09'05"       N         69°08'46"       W

48°14'56"       N         69°18'40"       W

48°12'15"       N         69°25'00"       W

48°01'12"       N         69°34'47"       W

47°58'24"       N         69°27'37"       W

AREA 8E:

47°58'24"       N         69°27'37"       W

48°01'12"       N         69°34'47"       W

47°53'48"       N         69°41'15"       W

47°47'55"       N         69°46'19"       W

47°46'49"       N         69°47'34.5"    W

47°43'40"       N         69°40'22"       W

AREA 8F:

47°40'30"      N          69°43’53"       W

47°43'54''      N          69°50'54''       W

47°38'56"      N          69°56'33"       W

47°34'32"      N          70°03'27"       W

47°30’34"     N          69°57’26"       W

AREA 8G

47°30'34"      N          69°57’26"       W

47°34'32"      N          70°03'27"       W

47°37'45"      N          70°08'22"       W

47°02'57"      N          70°48'40"       W

46°56'08"      N          70°44'11"       W

 

3. Fishing season

The season will run from August 1 of this year to May 31 of next year.

Also, it should be reminded that during the period where fishing is authorized, it is the responsibility of the captain to acquaint the marine safety notices, among others by Environment and Climate Change Canada and Transport Canada, as well as the standards and the best practices in marine safety, and to take all measures to insure a safe fishery.

4. Allowable catch

Area 8E: 110.7 t (for the entire 2017 fishing season)

A catch limit of 85 t applies in the part of area 8E defined as sub-area 8E-1 and delimited by the straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:

1.  47°53'48.0" N              69°41'15.0" W

2.  47°55'39.8" N             69°39’37.6" W

3.  47°53'35.7" N             69°40’43.8" W

4.  47°55'27.5" N             69°39’06.4" W

5. Minimal size

50 mm (test width (shell)).

6. Management regime

Competitive fishing regime.

7. Dive Fishing

a) Use of a principal boat :

Exploratory dive fishing with a maximum of five divers at all times, either diving and/or on board the boat, is authorized only when the principal boat takes part in a fishing trip that includes harvesting operations; handling, measuring and sorting sea urchins as well as transporting and deploying divers.

Similarly, during the experimental dive fishing, when only one principal boat takes part in a fishing trip, a maximum of 4 divers at all times, either diving and/or on the boat, is allowed.

b) Use of a principal boat and a secondary boat :

When a licence holder elects to use a secondary boat in addition to his/her principal boat, all operations during the fishing trip must take place on board one boat at a time and all trip participants must be on board one boat.

When a secondary boat is used, a maximum of 2 divers the dive fishery with a maximum of two divers in the water at all times is authorized.

Both boats must be registered.

8. Hail-out without observers

It is mandatory to hail out to the dockside monitoring company Resmar at this number: 1-866-368-1248, at least 60 minutes before the beginning of a fishing trip.

Before the beginning of a fishing trip, the licence holder/vessel operator must have entered into an agreement with the dockside monitoring company Resmar for the hail out under these conditions of licence.

9. Hail-in

It is mandatory to hail in to a local dockside monitoring company prior to landing.

Before the beginning of a fishing trip, the licence holder/vessel operator must have entered into an agreement with the dockside monitoring company Resmar for the hail in under these conditions of licence.

10. Combined form

Fishermen must acquire their booklet of Combined Forms from a prequalified supplier, identified by DFO, whose list is available at the following address: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/sdc-cps/nir-nei/log-suppliers-eng.htm.

A log must be kept in the section of the combined form provided for this purpose. This section must be completed prior to arrival at the dock and the combined form must be returned to the Gaspé DFO office every Saturday during fishing operations.

11. At-sea observers

Before the beginning of a fishing trip, fishermen who hold an experimental licence must have an agreement with an at-sea observers company legally designated by DFO, Quebec Region.

The at-sea observers coverage for the experimental fishery is 25% when a principal boat is used during the fishing trip and 100% when a principal boat and a secondary boat are used during the fishing trip.

12. Quota reconciliation

In accordance with the quota reconciliation, any quota overrun incurred in an area during a fishing season will be deducted from the quota for this area for the following season by a one-to-one ratio.

13. Other conditions

Participation clause :

The participation clause of 4536 kg (10,000 lbs) for all areas and subareas of the Gaspé–Lower St. Lawrence sector is maintained for exploratory licences. This quantity must be fished in a direct fishery so that licences can be renewed the following year.

14. Species at risk Act :

Pursuant to the Species at Risk Act (SARA), no person shall kill, harm, harass, capture, take, possess, collect, buy, sell or trade an individual or any part or derivate of a wildlife species designated as extirpated, endangered or threatened.

At the time this Management Plan is promulgated, the Gulf of St.-Lawrence and the Atlantic species targeted by these measures are the following ones: Spotted wolffish, Northern wolffish, Leatherback Turtle and Striped Bass (St. Lawrence Estuary population). New species could be added in the course of the year.

All by-catch of species identified above must be returned to the water and released in the exact capture location and, if the fish is still alive, in a manner that causes it the least harm. In addition, information regarding interactions with species at risk, including species mentioned above as well as the North Atlantic Right Whale, the Blue Whale (Atlantic population) and the Beluga Whale (St. Lawrence Estuary population) must be recorded in the Species at risk section of the logbook.

15. Licence conditions

To obtain Conditions of licence , fishermen must access the National Online Licensing System. For National Online Licensing System assistance, please contact customer support by phone at 1-877-535-7307 or by email at fishing-peche@dfo-mpo.gc.ca..

Approved by :

France Simard

Area Director

Gaspé–Lower St. Lawrence Area

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

 

For additional information

Please consult our website at: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/sdc-cps/index-fra.htm.

 

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