Notices to Fish Harvesters
Notice to Fish Harvesters - Fisheries management order - 2020-04-03
FISHERIES MANAGEMENT ORDER REQUIRING ALL AUTHORIZED FISHING ACTIVITIES TO BE CARRIED OUT WITHOUT ANY AT-SEA OBSERVER ON BOARD FISHING VESSELS
Quebec – April 3, 2020
Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec region informs the fishing industry of the Minister’s of Fisheries and Oceans decision to take a Fisheries Management Order requiring all authorized fishing activities to be carried out without any at-sea observer on board fishing vessels.
This Fisheries Management Order has been taken considering that:
the emergence of COVID-19 virus as a global health threat has created circumstances that place at-sea observers and the fishers they work with at risk of spreading and or contracting the virus;
at-sea observer requirements imposed under existing licences to fish constitute a human health risk for at-sea observers and fishers and constitute a public human health risk;
in the current exceptional circumstances associated with the emergence of the COVID-19 virus, at-sea observer requirements pose a threat to the proper management and control of fisheries.
Under this Fisheries Management Order, the following requirements are imposed:
All fishing activities authorized under the Fisheries Act must be carried out without any at-sea observer being onboard fishing vessels;
Any person authorized to carry out fishing activities under the Fisheries Act is required to not authorize any at-sea observer to come on board any fishing vessel.
This Fisheries Management Order prevails over any regulations made under the Fisheries Act, any orders issued under those regulations, and over any conditions of any lease or licence issued under that Act.
This Fisheries Management Order takes effect on the day on which it was signed (April 2, 2020) and will remain in effect for a period of 45 days.
For additional information
Additional information on management measures and fishing areas is available on our website at: http://www.qc.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/peches-fisheries/commerciale-commercial/index-eng.html
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