Notices to Fish Harvesters

Whelk - 15 - Magdalen Islands

Conservation Harvesting Plan 2015-2017 (2017-05-31)

Approved May 1, 2015
Modified May 31, 2017
Application
This Conservation Harvesting Plan (CHP) for whelk applies to the whelk licence holders from the Magdalen Islands fleet when fishing whelk in the Whelk Fishing Area 15 in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
 
Fishing areas
Based on valid Conditions of licence, the authorized fishing area is Whelk Fishing Area 15, a coastal zone surrounding the Magdalen Islands.
 
Fishing seasons
The whelk fishing season is of a maximum period of seven months. It generally opens in early May to close in late November. These dates are however subject to change, at the request of the industry.
In 2015: from May 4 to November 30 
In 2016: from May 2 to November 30
In 2017: from May 1 to November 30
 
Allocations
The annual whelk allocation granted to the fleet in area 15 is 376 t for the duration of the plan.
For 2016 and 2017, this section will be updated before the opening of the fishery.
 
Management regime
Individual Maximum Catch Limit (IMCL) of 34.18 t per licence holder.

Fishing gear
Licence holders may choose between the two following options:
- 100 traps, if they make their first fishing trip before August 1st; or
- 150 traps if they make their first fishing trip on August 1st or after.
The trap maximum exterior volume is 0.3 m3. All traps must be equipped with a suitable biodegradable escape mechanism.
The period of time between the setting and the lifting of a trap shall not exceed 72 hours.
 
Dockside monitoring
Hail in is mandatory for 100% of the landings and dockside monitoring is sporadic.
Before the beginning of a fishing trip, the licence holder shall have entered into an agreement with a dockside monitoring company legally designated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) for the hail in and the landing of fish.
 
Combined Form / Logbook / Purchase Slip
The Combined Form shall be obtained from a prequalified supplier identified by DFO, completed according to the instructions specified in the document and submitted to DFO after each landing.
 
Incidental catches
Unless expressly authorized by regulations or by Conditions of licence, the retention of incidental catches is prohibited. Consequently, any fish caught incidentally shall forthwith be returned to the water from which it was taken and, if it is alive, in a manner that causes it the least harm.
 
Minimum size
Any whelk with a shell length less than 70 mm (distance measured in a straight line through the longest part of the shell) shall be returned to the water.
 
Vessel
Vessels with a length overall less than 15.24 m (50') may be used.
 
Partnership
Partnerships between two licence holders are authorized upon request. Both licence holders shall be on board the vessel for the whole duration of the agreement.

Quota reconciliation
Quota reconciliation principles apply to the management regime in place (IMCL). Any overharvest of his IMCL by a licence holder in a given year will be deducted from his following year's IMCL, on a one-for-one basis. 
 
Other management measures
Simultaneous fisheries: Whelk fishing is not authorized during the area 22 lobster fishing season (a fish harvester who holds both licences).
 
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 of this management plan's release, the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Atlantic species targeted by these measures are the following: Spotted Wolffish, Northern Wolffish, Leatherback Turtle and Striped Bass (St. Lawrence Estuary population). New species could be added within the year.
All bycatches of species identified above must be returned to the water and released in the exact capture location and, if the fish is still alive, with as little harm as possible. In addition, information regarding any species at risk, including the 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 relevant section of the logbook.
 
Conditions of licence
To obtain their Conditions of licence, licence holders shall log on to 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
Dario Lemelin
A/Area director
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Magdalen Islands
 
For any question regarding this CHP
You may call at 418-986-2095
 

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