Notices to Fish Harvesters
Snow Crab - 12E
Implementation of the electronic logbook for Quebec fleets
Quebec– February 8, 2018
Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec region announces the progressive implementation of the electronic logbook (e-log) for some fleets of the following fisheries: snow crab, shrimp, lobster and herring.
In 2017, the Department presented the e-log project before the majority of the advisory committees. Our aim was to inform the fish harvesters of the fleets selected for phase 1 the project. These fleets were selected according to interest expressed by industry, feasibility of implementation and strategic/operational importance for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. In the Quebec region, the selected fleets are:
Lobster, areas 19-20-21-22 (Gaspe and the Magdalene Iles)
Snow crab, area 12
Estuary and Gulf shrimp, group B of areas 8-9-10-12 (Esquiman, Anticosti, Sept-Îles and Estuary)
Northern Shrimp (area 6)
Herring (gillnets), area 16
Herring, mackerel and capelin for bait purposes (gillnets), areas 15 and 16
For all these fleets, with the exception of those fishing for lobster in Gaspe where the e-log is already mandatory, implementation will be on a voluntary basis in 2018. From 2018 onward, only client applications (software) in accordance with the standard set by the Department will be authorized. The e-log should be mandatory for all the phase I fleets as of 2019.
During phase II set to begin in 2019, the Department intends to extend e-log use to a greater number of fleets, which will be:
Snow crab fishermen in areas 16, 17, 12A and 12B, 12Eand 12F
Lobster fishermen from area 17B (Anticosti)
Small pelagic seiners (mackerel, capelin, herring)
Mackerel fishermen in area 16
Redfish fishermen (subject to reopening)
Introduced as a pilot project in a few fleets in Quebec in 2009 and 2010, e-logs are computer applications used onboard vessels which allow collection of catch and fishing effort data (ex : number of traps used, hours spent at sea, etc.) Theses applications facilitate data transfer to the Ministry and data exchange between users. E-logs are contributors to the modernization effort of the fisheries, the durable management of the resource, and allow fishermen to better fulfill the expectations of traceability and eco certification.
In the mid-term, e-log use will be expanded to most commercial fisheries in Canada. The Department encourages fishermen to be on the lookout for information which will be circulating about this topic. A presentation on project updates will be made during the advisory committees scheduled for winter 2018. Furthermore, fishermen affected by phase I can expect to receive more specific communications in this regard.
For more information relating to the e-log project, visit the Ministry’s webpage at: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/sdc-cps/nir-nei/logbooks-elec-journaux-eng.htmor contact Isabel Calderón, project coordinator for the Quebec region at 418-962-6314.
Regional director for fisheries management
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec City, (Quebec)
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