Notices to Fish Harvesters

Scallop - 19A - Gaspe-Lower St. Lawrence

Conservation harvesting plan (March 31, 2016)

 Conservation Harvesting Plan 

SCALLOP Areas 17A1 and 17A2, 18B1, 18b2, 18C and 19A

GASPÉ–LOWER ST. LAWRENCE

2016–2018 seasons

 

Approved on March 31, 2016

1. Application

This Conservation Harvesting Plan (CHP) for scallop applies to the fleet of scallop licence holders in Gaspé–Lower St. Lawrence areas 17A1, 17A2, 18B1, 18B2, 18C and 19A.

2. Fishing areas

Subareas 17A1 and 17A2

Subarea 17A1 : The portion of scallop area 17 delimited by straight lines between the following points in the order listed and ending at the coast :

Subarea 17A2 : The portion of scallop area 17 delimited by straight lines between the following points in the order listed and ending at the coast :

1.

48° 02' 13" N     69° 19' 12" W

1.

48° 13' 27" N     69° 03' 12" W

2.

48° 06' 18" N     69° 30' 00" W

2.

48° 18' 48" N     69° 11' 54" W

3.

48° 18' 48" N     69° 11' 54" W

3.

48° 27' 00" N     69° 00' 00" W

4.

48° 13' 27" N     69° 03' 12" W

4.

49° 09' 45" N     67° 11' 00" W

 

 

5.

49° 51' 30" N     65° 00' 00" W

 

 

6.

49° 13' 30" N     65° 08' 00" W

 

No person shall fish in protected areas PA1A, PA1B, PA2, PA3, PA4, PA9, PA10 and PA11 delimited by straight lines between the following points in the order listed:

PA-1A :

PA-1B :

1.

48° 56' 31,4'’ N

67° 10' 00'' W

1.

49° 01' 50'' N

66° 55' 00'' W

2.

49° 09' 45''    N

67° 11' 00'' W

2.

49° 14' 51''N

66° 55' 00'' W

3.

49° 13' 45,6'' N

66° 58' 25'' W

3.

49° 16' 26,5'' N

66° 50' 00'' W

4.

49° 00' 11,5'' N

66° 58' 25'' W

4.

49° 03' 11,4'' N

66° 50' 00'' W

 

 

PA-2 :

PA-3 :

1.

49º 09' 34'' N

66º 25' 00'' W

1.

49º 13' 25'' N

66º 00' 50'' W

2.

49º 14' 14'' N

66º 25' 00'' W

2.

49º 18' 18'' N

66º 00' 50'' W

3.

49º 14' 54'' N

66º 21' 00'' W

3.

49º 19' 00'' N

65º 56' 30'' W

4.

49º 10' 23'' N

66º 21' 00'' W

4.

49º 18' 57'' N

65º 54' 35’’ W

 

5.

49º 13' 37'' N

65º 54' 35’’ W

 

 

PA-4 :

PA-9

1.

49º 15' 15'' N

65º 35' 30'' W

1.

48° 45' 18,4" N

67° 47' 55" W

2.

49º 18' 31'' N

65º 35' 30'' W

2.

48° 52’ 41,3" N

67° 54’ 30,6" W

3.

49º 18' 12'' N

65º 26' 00'’ W

3.

48° 49’ 11,3" N

68° 03’ 26,5" W

4.

49º 15' 12'' N

65º 26' 00'' W

4.

48° 42’ 00"  N

67° 56’ 04" W

 

 

PA-10 :

PA-11

1.

48°22’41" N

68° 43’ 39" W

1.

48° 11' 29,5" N

69° 06' 22" W

2.

48°30’21,4" N

68° 51’ 26,4" W

2.

48° 16' 34,5" N

69° 15' 06,3" W

3.

48°27'00" N

69° 00' 00" W

3.

48° 14' 56" N

69° 18' 40" W

4.

48°19'52,8"N

68° 51' 27,4" W

4.

48° 09' 05" N

69° 08' 46" W

 

Fishing is also prohibited in fishing sites where post-season surveys are conducted and where studies are carried out to measure the impact of the sea cucumber fishery on fish habitat. These sites are delimited by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed and ending at the coast:

Closed site 1 :

Closed site 2

1.

49º 14' 47'' N

65º 41' 00'' W

1.

49° 15' 09" N

65° 36' 45" W

2.

49º 18' 38'' N

65º 41' 00'' W

2.

49°18’ 32" N

65° 36’ 45" W

3.

49º 18' 37'' N

65º 40' 00'’ W

3.

49° 18’ 31" N

65° 36’ 00" W

4.

49º 14' 56'' N

65º 40' 00'' W

4.

49° 15’ 13"  N

65° 36’ 00" W

 

 

Closed site 3 :

 

1.

49° 15’ 10" N

65° 26’ 00" W

 

 

 

 

 

2.

49° 18’ 12" N

65° 26’ 00" W

 

 

 

 

 

3.

49° 18' 11" N

65° 25' 15" W

 

 

 

 

 

4.

49° 15' 11" N

65° 25' 15" W

 

 

 

 

 

                   

 

 Subareas 18B1, 18B2, 18C

Subarea 18B-1 : The portion of scallop area 18B delimited by straight lines between the following points in the order listed and ending at the coast :

Subarea 18B-2 : The portion of scallop area 18B delimited by straight lines between the following points in the order listed and ending at the coast :

1.

49° 13' 30" N           65° 08' 00" W

1.

49° 48' 00" N            64° 23' 00" W

2.

49° 51' 30" N           65° 00' 00" W

2.

49° 44' 00" N            64° 51' 00" W

3.

49° 44' 00" N           64° 51' 00" W

3.

48° 30' 00" N            63° 00' 00" W

4.

48° 30' 00" N           63° 00' 00" W

4.

48° 20' 00" N            62° 15' 30" W

5.

48° 21' 00" N           63° 32' 00" W

5.

49° 04' 00" N            62° 15' 30" W 

6.

48° 40' 30" N           63° 57' 30" W

 

 

7.

48° 43' 00" N           64° 13' 30" W

 

 

8.

48° 44' 55" N           64° 09' 51" W

 

 

 

 

Subarea 18C : The portion of scallop area 18 delimited by straight lines between the following points in the order listed and ending at the coast :

 

1.

49° 08' 00'’ N

61° 40' 30'' W

 

 

 

2.

49° 08' 00'' N

60° 00' 00'' W

 

 

 

3.

47° 50' 00'' N

60° 00' 00'' W

 

 

 

4.

48° 20' 00'' N

62° 15' 30'' W

 

 

 

5.

49° 04' 00'' N

62° 15' 30'' W

 

No person shall fish in protected areas PA-5 and PA-6 delimited by straight lines between the following points in the order listed:

PA-5 :

PA-6 :

1.

49° 12' 07'’ N

64° 54' 57'' W

1.

49° 00' 34'' N

64° 23' 57'' W

2.

49° 17' 09'' N

64° 53' 02'' W

2.

49° 05' 31'' N

64° 16' 42'' W

3.

49° 00' 34'' N

64° 23' 57'' W

3.

49° 04' 28' 'N

64° 14' 15'' W

4.

49° 17' 00'' N

64° 44' 00'' W

4.

49° 59' 30'' N

64° 22' 19'' W

5.

49° 10' 27'' N

64° 48' 54'' W

 

Fishing is also prohibited in fishing sites where post-season surveys are conducted and where studies are carried out to measure the impact of the sea cucumber fishery on fish habitat. These sites are delimited by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed and ending at the coast:

Closed site 4 :

Closed site 5 :

1.

49º 12' 21'' N

64º 55' 45'' W

1.

49° 04' 36" N

64° 32' 15" W

2.

49º 17' 13'' N

64º 55' 45'' W

2.

49°12’ 05" N

64° 32’ 15" W

3.

49º 17' 12'' N

64º 55' 00'’ W

3.

49° 11’ 46" N

64° 31’ 30" W

4.

49º 12' 07'' N

64º 55' 00'' W

4.

49° 04’ 28"  N

64° 31’ 30" W

 

 

 

 

Closed site 6 :

 

 

 

1.

49° 01’ 56" N

64° 26’ 45" W

 

 

 

 

 

2.

49° 09’ 46"N

64° 26’ 45" W

 

 

 

 

 

3.

49° 09' 27" N

64° 26' 00" W

 

 

 

 

 

4.

49° 01' 27" N

65° 26' 00" W

 

 

 

 

 

                   

Subarea 19A

The portion of scallop area 19 delimited by straight lines between the following points in the order listed and ending at the coast:

1.

48°05'57" N       66°20'48" W

7.

48°12'15" N       64°30'00" W

2.

48°05'04" N       66°21'30" W

8.

48°12'15" N       64°02'10" W

3.

48°03'16" N       66°19'21" W

9.

48°21'00" N       63°32'00" W

4.

48°01'30" N       65°50'00" W

10.

48°40'30" N       63°57'30" W

5.

47°51'42" N       65°29'10" W

11.

48°43'00" N       64°13'30" W

6.

47°57'45" N       65°03'30" W

12.

48°44'55" N       64°09'51" W

 

No person shall fish in protected areas PA-7 and PA-8 delimited by straight lines between the following points in the order listed:

PA-7 :

PA-8 :

1.

48°30'00"     N  64°13'15" W

1.

48°11'23" N  64°51'38" W

2.

48°20'40,5"  N  63°32'46" W

2.

48°06'00" N  64°47'00" W

3.

48°12'15"     N- 64°22'24" W

3.

48°01'48" N  65°00'00" W

4.

48°23'43"     N  64°30'22" W

4.

48°06'18" N  65°02'00" W

 

Restrictions

Subareas 17A1, 17A2, 18B1 and 18B2:

Fishing is prohibited at depths of less than 18.3 metres below chart datum.

Subarea 19A:

From May 1 to August 15: No fishing is authorized at a depth less than 18.3 metres below chart datum.

From August 16 to September 30: No fishing is authorized at a depth less than 27.4 metres below chart datum. 

Permanent closure of fishing areas

Under the Canada National Parks Act and the National Parks of Canada Fishing Regulations, no person shall fish scallop by any means, including dredging, within a limit of 152 m of the mean low tide mark of the shores of Forillon National Park.

3. Fishing seasons

Subareas 17A1 and 17A2, 18B2 and 18C:

April 1 to November 30.

Subareas 18B1 and 19A:

May 1 to September 30.

Fishing schedule in subarea 19A:

From Cap-Gaspé to the Port-Daniel lighthouse, fishing is authorized from Monday to Friday inclusive from 5:00 to 18:00 and on Saturday from 5:00 to noon.

From the Port-Daniel lighthouse to Miguasha, fishing is authorized from Monday to Friday inclusive from 5:00 to 18:00.

4. Quotas

Subarea 17A1: 10.9 tons (muscle).

Subarea 17A2: 4 tons (muscle).

Subarea 18B2: 16 tons (muscle).

Subarea 18C: 11 tons (muscle).

5. Management regime

Fishery under a competitive regime.

6. Fishing gear

Subareas 17A1, 17A2, 18B1, 18B2 and 18C :

The total width of the baskets must not exceed 7.3 m. The ventral side of the dredge must be equipped with a matrix consisting of unobstructed rings with a minimum diameter of 76 mm. 

Subarea 19A :

The Digby dredge is the only authorized gear. The total width of the baskets must not exceed 7.3 m.

From May 1 to August 15: The dredge basket must contain rings with a minimum diameter of 89 mm.

From August 16 to September 30: The dredge basket must contain rings with a minimum diameter of 76 mm.

7. Size

For all subareas except 18C:

Sea Scallop: The minimum shell size is 100 mm or a maximum count of 30 muscles/500 g.

Iceland Scallop: no minimum size.

8. Hail prior to Departure

Subarea 17A1:

The hail prior departure is mandatory and must be placed before 19:00 the day before each fishing trip.

9. At-sea Observers

Subarea 17A1:

The At-sea observers coverage is 5 % of fishing trips made by the fleet, spread over the whole area and the fishing period.

10. Hail-in

An hail-in call to a local dockside monitoring company legally designated by DFO is required before the arrival at port.

11. Dockside monitoring

Subarea 18C:

Before starting a fishing trip, fishers must have an agreement with a dockside monitoring company legally designated by DFO. A list is available at http://www.qc.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/peches-fisheries/surveillance/programme-program-eng.html#quai.

Hail in is mandatory before arrival at the dock.

Dockside monitoring is mandatory for 100% of landings.

Landings must be made at one of the designated dockside monitoring ports, a list of which is available at http://www.qc.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/peches-fisheries/surveillance/port-eng.html.

12. Combined form/Logbook/Purchase slip

Fishers must obtain their Combined Forms booklet from a prequalified supplier. DFO's list of prequalified suppliers is available at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/sdc-cps/nir-nei/log-suppliers-eng.htm.

The logbook section of your combined form must be filled out before arrival at the dock each fishing day and the completed form must be sent to DFO within seven days after landing.

DFO reminds fishers that all catches, including catches for personal consumption or direct sales, must be listed in the logbook.

13. Vessel Monitoring System

An active vessel monitoring system (VMS) approved by DFO is mandatory for fishers. Information must be transmitted every 15 minutes.  

14. Conversion factors

The following conversion ratio is used in order to convert the weight of scallop catches to round meat weight: 8.3.

15. Quota reconciliation

Quota reconciliation provides that any overharvest of a quota in one area in one season will be deducted from the quota for this area for the following season on a one-for-one basis.

16. 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.

17. Conditions of licence

To obtain Conditions of licence, fishers must log on to 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

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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