Notices to Fish Harvesters

Snow Crab - 12 (12,18, 25, 26)

Conservation Harvesting Plan

2015 - SOUTHERN GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE SNOW CRAB CONSERVATION HARVESTING PLAN CRAB FISHING AREA 12 (12, 18, 25, 26)

April 17, 2015

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has released the details of the 2015 Crab Fishing Area (CFA) 12 (12, 18, 25, 26) Conservation Harvesting Plan. The Total Allowable Catch (TAC) in CFA 12 is 22,844.24 t. Refer to the attached table for the TAC distribution.

Quota reconciliation

As in 2014, there will be quota reconciliation in this fishery. Quota overruns during the 2015 season by a licence holder will be deducted in 2016 on a one-for-one basis. It is the responsibility of the licence holder to respect the allocation granted while taking into consideration transfers and landings and to make the necessary arrangements before departing for a fishing expedition to have quota to cover expected catches for the expedition.

At-sea observer coverage

At-sea observer coverage representing 20% of fishing trips will be required for 2015.

Temporary Flexibilities Options

Temporary quota transfers (up to 100%), the creation of partnerships and trios, as well as the waiver of the 30-day minimum policy for transfer of vessels, will be permitted for the 2015 fishing season. More details on temporary quota transfers are available in the Notice to Fish Harvesters published on April 10, 2015.

2015 Management Measures

The management measures from 2014 are rolled over in 2015, which include, amongst others: 

o 150 for midshore vessels;
o 75 for the traditional inshore Prince Edward Island fleet;
o 75 for CFA 18;
o New access and First Nations: those receiving quotas of up to 50 t will be entitled to 75 traps, while fish harvesters receiving over 50 t will be able to use 150 traps;
o Additional traps may be permitted in accordance with the individual quota transfer program administrative guidelines or regional temporary flexibility options in effect.

FOR INFORMATION:

Sylvie Léger
Resource Management
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Moncton, NB
506-851-2278

Bernard Morin
Resource Management
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec, QC
418-570-0061

 

2015 - DISTRIBUTION OF TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH FOR CRAB FISHING AREA 12 (12, 18, 25, 26)

Distribution of the TAC Percentage of TAC 2015 TAC (metric tons)
First Nations (Sub-Total) 15.816 % 3,613.045
  • New Brunswick
8.700 % 1,987.507
  • Quebec
6.239 % 1,425.187
  • Prince Edward Island
0.877 % 200.351
Traditional Fleets (Sub-Total) 69.184 % 15,804.571
  • Midshore, New Brunswick
39.408 % 9,002.517
  • Midshore, Quebec
21.169 % 4,835.814
  • Midshore, Nova Scotia
1.169 % 267.088
  • Inshore, Nova Scotia
4.002 % 914.226
  • Inshore, Prince Edward Island
3.436 % 784.926
New Access Fleets (Sub-Total) 15 % 3,426.857
New Brunswick (Sub-Total)  7.129 % 1,628.559
  • MFU
6.161 % 1,407.542
  • ITQ groundfish specialists
0.713 % 162.853
  • Competitive groundfish specialists
0.255 % 58.164
Quebec (Sub-Total)      4.837 % 1,104.976
  • Fixed gear and scallop fleets Gaspe Peninsula 
2.1660%  494.806
  • Fixed gear and scallop fleet Magdalen Islands 
0.9495%  216.906 
  • Mobile gear fleet Gaspe Peninsula 
0.1127%  25.745
  • Mobile gear fleet Magdalen Islands 
0.4508%  102.982
  • Lobster harvesters Gaspe Peninsula : Regroupement des pêcheurs professionnels du sud de la Gaspésie (RPPSG)  
0.8857% 202.331
  • Lobster harvesters Magdalen Islands : Association des pêcheurs propriétaires des Iles-de-la-Madeleine (APPIM) 
0.2723%  62.205
Nova Scotia*(Sub-Total)  0.913 %  208.568
Prince Edward Island (Sub-Total)  2.122 %  484.755
  • PEIFA
1.867 % 426.584
  • PEI Groundfishermen’s Association
0.255 % 58.171
Total (All)  100%  22,844.473

*Distribution of quota will be provided by the Gulf-Nova Scotia Area Office

 

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