Notices to Fish Harvesters

Notice to Fish Harvesters - Fisheries management order - 2020-05-15

 

FISHERIES MANAGEMENT ORDER REGARDING AT-SEA OBSERVERS ON BOARD FISHING VESSELS

FMO # 2020-03

 

 

 

Quebec – May 15, 2020

 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec region informs the fishing industry of the Minister’s of Fisheries and Oceans decision to take a new Fisheries Management Order # 2020-03, concerning at-sea observers on board fishing vessels. The Fisheries Management Order # 2020-01 is therefore revoked.

 

This new Fisheries Management Order has been taken considering that:

Under this new Fisheries Management Order, the following requirements are imposed:

1. All fishing activities authorized under the Fisheries Act must be carried out without any at sea observer being onboard fishing vessels, except where the following conditions are met:

  1. At-sea observer companies have developed safe working procedures related to the COVID-19 virus that align with established federal, provincial and/or territorial guidelines in place related to COVID-19 in the jurisdictions where at-sea observers they employ are to be deployed, and keep a record of these procedures for presentation to a fishery officer upon request; and

  2. At-sea observer companies are satisfied that safe working procedures consistent with their own procedures are in place on vessels on which the observers they employ are to be deployed, and keep a record of these procedures for presentation to a fishery officer upon request.

2. 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, except where the following conditions are met:

  1. At-sea observer companies have developed safe working procedures related to the COVID-19 virus that align with established federal, provincial and/or territorial guidelines in place related to COVID-19 in the jurisdictions where at-sea observers they employ are to be deployed and keep a record of these procedures for presentation to a fishery officer upon request; and

  2. At-sea observer companies are satisfied that safe working procedures consistent with their own procedures are in place on vessels on which the observers they employ are to be deployed, and keep a record of these procedures for presentation to a fishery officer upon request.

     

For greater certainty, where the two conditions described in i) and ii) above are met, fishing activities must be carried out in accordance with the at-sea observer conditions contained in licences to fish.

This new Fisheries Management Order takes effect on the day on which it is signed and will remain in effect for a period of 45 days

The 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.

 

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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