Notices to Fish Harvesters

Whelk - 11 to 14

Conservation harvesting plan ( March 23, 2016)

Conservation Harvesting Plan 

Whelk – Areas 11 to 14 – GASPÉ-LOWER ST. LAWRENCE AREA

2016-2017 Seasons

 

Approved March 23, 2016

 

1. Application

This Conservation harvesting plan is applicable to the fleet of Whelk fishing licence holders in Areas 11 to 14, under the competitive fishing regime.

2. Fishing areas

The Whelk fishing areas are demarcated by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:

Area 11

48°44'55" N       64°09'51" W

48°43'00" N       64°13'30" W

48°30'00" N       63°00'00" W

49°51'30" N       65°00'00" W

49°30'10" N       66°06'55" W

49°13'30" N       65°54'30" W 

Area 12

49°13'30" N       65°54'30" W

49°30'10" N       66°06'55" W

49°09'45" N       67°11'00" W

48°52'35" N       67°54'25" W

48°45'25" N       67°47'55" W

Area 13

48°45'25" N       67°47'55" W

48°52'35" N       67°54'25" W

48°44'30" N       68°15'15" W

48°27'00" N       69°00'00" W

48°02'30" N       69°35'30" W

48°08'06" N       69°42'00" W

and the entire portion of the St. Lawrence Estuary from Pointe Rouge on the north side of the St. Lawrence to a line crossing the St. Lawrence between:

46°56'08" N       70°44'11" W and

47°02'57" N       70°48'40" W

Area 14

48°44'55" N       64°09'51" W

48°43'00" N       64°13'30" W

48°30'00" N       63°00'00" W

48°12'15" N       64°02'10" W

48°12'15" N       64°30'00" W

47°57'45" N       65°03'30" W

47°51'42" N       65°29'10" W

48°01'30" N       65°50'00" W

48°03'16" N       66°19'21" W

48°05'04" N       66°21'30" W

3. Fishing seasons

The fishing season will last a maximum of 6 months between April 1 and September 30. 

Forecast air temperatures less than 0ºC during the first week of fishing and/or ice cover could delay the opening. The opening date will be confirmed in a Notice to Fishers at least 72 h before the opening of the fishery after industry representative confirmation and once an agreement has been reached on the opening date. 

Also, it should be reminded that during the period where fishing is authorized, it is the responsibility of the captain to acquaint the marine safety notices, among others by Environment Canada and Transport Canada, as well as the standards and the best practices in marine safety, and to take all measures to insure a safe fishery.

4. Quotas

Area 11 : 32 t

Area 12 : 46 t

Area 13 : 82 t

5. Management regime

Competitive fishing regime.

6. Fishing gear

The authorized maximum number of traps is as follows:

a) Whelk fishing licence holders authorized to use 50, 100, 125 or 175 traps will be able to use traps having a maximum exterior volume of 0.3 m3.

b) Current whelk fishing licence holders authorized to use 150 traps will be able to use traps having a maximum exterior volume of 0.15 m3. These fishers will retain this privilege (grandfather clause) until there is a change in licence holder. The new licence holder will then be authorized to use 100 traps.

c) When businesses merge permanently and two whelk fishing licences authorizing the use of more than 100 traps are involved, the independent Core licence holder will be authorized to use up to 175 traps.

d) When businesses merge permanently and two whelk fishing licences authorizing the use of 50 traps and one fishing licence authorizing the use of 100 traps are involved, two licences will be withdrawn and the independent Core licence holder will be authorized to use up to 175 traps.

e) When businesses merge permanently and one whelk fishing licence authorizing the use of 50 traps and one fishing licence authorizing the use of 100 traps are involved, one licence will be withdrawn and the independent Core licence holder will be authorized to use up to 125 traps.

f) When businesses merge permanently and three whelk fishing licences authorizing the use of 50 traps are involved, two licences will be withdrawn and the independent Core licence holder will be authorized to use up to 100 traps.

All traps used for fishing must bear a single valid annual tag with a unique identification number.

Fishers must obtain their tags from suppliers approved by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). The list of suppliers is available at the following address: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/sdc-cps/nir-nei/tags-supplier-region-eng.htm

Fishers will receive replacement tags, corresponding to 10% of the number of traps authorized, upon initial order. Other replacement tags may be available upon request.

Fishers are responsible for pulling up their fishing gear at least once every 72 hours.

7. Hail in

It is mandatory to hail in to a local dockside monitoring company prior to landing.

8. Combined Form

Fishers must acquire their booklet of Combined Forms from a prequalified supplier, identified by DFO, whose list is available at the following address: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/sdc-cps/nir-nei/log-suppliers-eng.htm 

The logbook section of the Combined Form must be completed at the end of each fishing day. This form must be sent to DFO at the latest within 7 days following the landing. 

9. Minimum size

Minimum length of 70 mm.

The protocol for small whelk will be implemented. 

10. Buddy-up 

Buddy-up agreement between two licence holders of a whelk licence from the same area will be authorized as part of a pilot project in 2016 and 2017, between two fishers who have registered whelk landings during the last two years prior their demand.

The impact of this measure will be analyzed at the end of the year 2017 to consider pursuing or modifying it. 

Fishers involved in a partnership agreement are allowed to use a maximum number of traps that corresponds to the addition of the maximum number of traps authorized by each two licences. 

11. Quota reconciliation

In accordance with the quota reconciliation, any quota overrun incurred in an area during a fishing season will be deducted from the quota for this area for the following season by a one-to-one ratio.

12. Other management measures

Simultaneous fishing:

It is prohibited to fish simultaneously for whelk and other species that are fished using traps, such as rock crab, lobster and sea urchin.

13. 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 this Conservation harvesting plan is promulgated, the Gulf of St.-Lawrence and the Atlantic species targeted by these measures are the following ones: Spotted wolffish, Northern wolffish, Leatherback Turtle and Striped Bass (St. Lawrence Estuary population). New species could be added in the course of the year.

All by-catch of species identified above must be returned to the water and released in the exact capture location and, if the fish is still alive, in a manner that causes it the least harm. In addition, information regarding interactions with species at risk, including 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 Species at risk section of the logbook.

14. Conditions of licence

To obtain Conditions of licence, fishermen must access 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:

France Simard

Area Director

Gaspé–Lower St. Lawrence Area

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

For more information

Please visit our website at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/sdc-cps/index-eng.htm

 

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