Notices to Fish Harvesters

Herring - 16A to 16G

CONSERVATION AND HARVESTING PLAN FOR THE SOUTHERN GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE HERRING FISHERIES

Fisheries and Oceans Canada August 15, 2016

MONCTON – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced today the spring and fall Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence herring (Herring Fishing Areas 16A to G and 17) Conservation and Harvesting Plan.

Given that the spring component of the stock remains at low levels, the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) will remain at 2,000 t for the next two years (2016-2017). Pursuant to the interim management measures announced on March 23, 2016, and to continue the rebuilding of the spring component of this stock, all 2015 management measures for this component have been rolled over for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

For the fall herring fishery, given that the abundance indicators show a decrease of the fall biomass, the TAC will be set at 35,000 t for 2016 and 2017. This decrease in the TAC for the fall herring fishery is necessary to protect the future of the stock. The use of a reserve will continue for 2016 and 2017.

Distribution of Quotas – Spring and Fall Components (metric tonnes)

FLEET SPRING 2016-2017 FALL 2016-2017

Inshore fleet Areas 16A-G

1,521

26,622

Inshore fleet in Area 17

16

350

Gulf large purse seine fleet

463

8,028

TOTAL

2,000

35,000

Inshore fleet quota distribution ( metric tonnes) in HFAs 16A to 16G

  SPRING 2016-2017  FALL 2016-2017
Reserve (initially distributed) 0 1,954
  762 0
  762 1,954
     
  Basic allocation with no initial distribution of reserve Basic allocation including the distribution of reserve
16A 4 43
16B 71 12,656
16C 130 5,176 (C and E)
16D 22 175
16E 454 see above
16F 7 5,317
16G 9 3,535
16A-G (June 1 – 30) 62 N/A
17 16 350

* For more details on inshore quota distribution rules, please refer to Annexe I.

Large Purse Seine fleet fishery on “the Edge” (4T)

This fishery, designed to target fall spawners during the month of May and June, will continue in the 2016 and 2017 fishing seasons with the same parameters and management measures as in 2015. This fleet is authorized to fish their fall herring quota along the Edge in 4T during the spring season (May-June) using purse seine gear. A small fish protocol that reduces the remaining available quota according to the percentage of herring smaller than 23.5 cm (fork length) in the catch will be maintained. As in 2015, management measures will include: 20% independent at-sea observer coverage, 100% dockside monitoring, and mandatory vessel monitoring system to monitor this fishery. (See annex 2 for all details).

Quota reconciliation

Quota reconciliation in the Gulf herring fisheries will continue to be applied in 2016 and 2017. Quota overruns from the 2015-2016 fisheries will be deducted, in equal amounts, from the quota of the following year in the same Herring Fishing Area and season. Quantities will be rounded to +/- 10 kg.

Carry forward of quota

The Department will implement a two year pilot project on quota carry forward. Quota carry forward combined with the quota reconciliation program already in place for this fishery will provide more flexibility to managers and fleet representatives when determining the strategy for the season’s last night of fishing.

INFORMATION:

Chris Mills Sandra Comeau Alan Dwyer
Resource Management Resource Management Resource Management
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Fisheries and Oceans Canada Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Charlottetown, PE Tracadie, NB Antigonish, NS
(902) 566-7807 (506) 395-7765 (902) 735-7114
Magalie Hardy Josée Richard Diana Fillion
Resource Management Resource Management Resource Management
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Fisheries and Oceans Canada Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Gaspé, QC Cap-aux-Meules, QC Moncton, NB
(418) 368-5559 (418) 986-2095 (506) 395-7740

Spring Inshore Gillnet Fishery2016-2017 Conservation Harvesting Plan

A Dockside Monitoring Program (DMP) with 100% dockside verification will be required in all Herring Fishing Areas (HFA) except 16A, 16B (Québec) and 16D, where a Catch Monitoring Program (CMP) with 100% radio hail and a minimum of 25% verification at dockside, as well as logbook will be in place. The DMP companies will have to provide, on a daily basis to DFO, the amount of herring landed/hailed per fish harvester. In addition, a logbook will be mandatory for any herring landed in the Québec Region. Fish harvesters from New Brunswick, landing their catches in the Québec Region must acquire a logbook (FC-EP-01 or FC-EP-02) from one of the suppliers listed at the following website address: www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/sdc-cps/nir-nei/log-suppliers-eng.htm.

Weekly landing limits of 10,206 kg will be implemented in all HFAs except 16A, 16D and 16F, where no restrictions will apply.

Spawning areas will be closed in all HFAs except 16A and 16F (Charts 1 to 6).

No nets or herring will be allowed to be on board during a fishing trip between 18:00 and 04:00 (ADT) every day (due to safety considerations), in all HFAs, except 16A and 16B, where no nets or herring will be allowed to be on board during a fishing trip between 22:00 and 03:00 (ADT) every day.

Landings are counted against the quota in the area where the fish is landed when the said area is open. Landings are counted against the quota in the adjacent area when the fish is landed in a closed area.

Other management measures are outlined in Table 1.

Bait fishery

Bait licences are issued to fish harvesters who hold a licence for a species and gear that requires bait. Since 2003, herring and mackerel bait licences have been combined together in order to facilitate the enforcement of regulation by fishery officers. With the bait licence, a fish harvester may only fish for their own use up to a maximum of 50 fathoms of gillnets.

Monitoring of bait landings will continue in 2016 and 2017. As detailed in the conditions of licence, bait licence holders will be required to maintain a log of catches and report these catches.

The minimum mesh size will be 57.1 mm from January 1 to June 30 and 66.7 mm (63.5 mm in 16A) from July 1 to December 31. In 2016 and 2017, the maximum quantity of herring or mackerel or the combination of both species a fish harvester is permitted to catch and retain at any time is 907 kg in total.

While fishing under the authority of a commercial herring, mackerel or gaspereau licence, bait licences are not valid. Furthermore, a fish harvester cannot fish under the authority of a bait licence in the same calendar day that they have landed herring, mackerel or gaspereau under the authority of a commercial licence. It is strictly forbidden to sell any species of fish caught under the authority of a bait licence.

TABLE 1

SUMMARY OF THE SPRING INSHORE MANAGEMENT MEASURES BY HFA – 2016 and 2017

Fishing Area Dockside Monitoring Program (DMP) or Catch Monitoring Program (CMP) Quota Period Net (mesh size / depth / length)

Weekend

Closures

Trip

Limit

16A – Île Verte CMP - declaration of 100% of catches through the radio and dockside verification for 25% of landings 4 April 1 to May 31

57.1mm min / 100 meshes / 375 fath.

None No limit
16B – Baie des Chaleurs (fixed gear) DMP (in NB) 71 April 1 to May 31

57.1mm min / 100 meshes / 300 fath.

None

Weekly limit of 10,206 kg (22,250 lb)

Small purse

Seiners

CMP in Québec - declaration of 100% of catches through the radio and dockside verification for 25% of landings Up to 22.75% (16 t) of 16B spring allocation April 1 to May 31 N/A None

Weekly limit of 10,206 kg (22,250 lb)

16 C– Escuminac DMP 130 April 23 to May 31

57.1mm min /

125 meshes / 343 fath.

12:00 (noon) Friday to 12:00 (noon) Saturday

Weekly limit of 10,206 kg (22,250 lb)

16D – Magdalen Islands CMP - Well-keeping of a combined logbook /sales slip, declaration of 100% of catches through the radio and dockside verification for 25% of landings 22 April 9 to May 31

57.1mm min /

125 meshes / 200 fath.

None

No limit

16E – Western PEI, south-eastern NB and northern GNS DMP 454 April 1 to May 31

57.1mm min /

125 meshes / 343 fath.

None

Weekly limit of 10,206 kg (22,250 lb)

16F – Pictou DMP 7 April 26 to May 31

57.1mm min /

150 meshes / 180 fath.

12:00 (noon) Sunday to 12:00 (noon) Monday No limit
16G – Fishermen’s Bank DMP 9 April 26 to May 31

57.1mm min /

100 meshes / 343 fath.

12:00 (noon) Friday to 12:00 (noon) Saturday

Weekly limit of 10,206 kg (22,250 lb)

16A-G As per individual areas (above) 62 June 1 to June 30 As per individual areas (above) None

As per individual areas (above)

Fall inshore gillnet fishery

A Dockside Monitoring Program (DMP) and weekend closures are a requirement in most fishing areas. (See Table 2)

Gillnets are restricted to a maximum of 150 fathoms in length and 125 mesh deep with the exception of 16F which will be 100 fathoms in length, 16B which will be 125 fathoms in length and 16G Southside which will be 100 mesh deep. The minimum mesh size in all areas is 66.7 mm except 63.5 mm in 16A.

Tagging of all gillnets in all HFAs is required in 2016 and 2017, with one tag for every 15 fathoms of net.

Other management measures are outlined in Table 2.

Baie des Chaleurs (HFA 16 B) fall fishery

Early Fishery

As in previous years, there is an early fishery in July (July 1-31), with a maximum of 335 t. Any uncaught quota will be transferred to the main row fishery.

Main roe fishery

The season will open on August 21, 2016 and August 20, 2017 with a quota of 11,954 t.

The fishery will be closed weekdays between 13:00 and 19:00 (Atlantic Daylight Time) and every weekend from 13:00 Friday until 19:00 Sunday (Atlantic Daylight Time). No nets will be allowed in the water during these closed periods.

Fish harvesters will be limited to one landing per day, with a maximum weight of 10,206 kg.

Small Seiners

The purse seine fishery will be allowed in the Baie des Chaleurs from July 1 until July 31, 2016 and 2017, and from September 1 until December 31, 2016 and 2017 except west of a line between Grande-Anse (NB) and Paspébiac (QC) in order to limit catches of spring spawners.

The purse seine fishery will continue to be subject to a small fish protocol.

Summer fishery in a portion of HFA 16E

A summer herring fishery (starting on July 1, 2016 and 2017) is authorized in a portion of HFA 16E with a set quota of 500 t. The objective of the summer fishery is to provide some fishing opportunities to herring fish harvesters who have had a very limited or non-existent fishery in the spring.

To allow for a reasonable distribution of the resource among fish harvesters, the fishery will only open in the waters inside a line from Fagan Point, N.B., to Cape Egmont, P.E.I., and the lobster line separating Lobster Fishing Area 25 and 26A from Victoria Harbour, P.E.I. to Pugwash, N.S. (Chart 7). The remainder of 16E remains closed until the opening of the roe fishery.

Fish harvesters will have to choose between a summer fishery or a fall fishery. Those opting for a summer fishery will be required to request summer herring licence conditions by calling 1-855-634-2355 or by e-mail at Gulfinfogolfe@dfo-mpo.gc.ca before being authorized to participate in the summer fishery. The fishery will open at noon (12:00 p.m.), Atlantic Daylight Time, on July 1, 2016 and 2017.

Any uncaught quota from the summer fishery will be transferred to the competitive quota for both groups A and B of the main roe fishery.

Fishermen’s Bank and Northeast PEI (HFA 16G) summer/fall fishery

The summer and fall fishery in HFA 16G will occur in two distinct periods and zones within HFA 16G (Northside and Southside) to allow for a reasonable distribution of the resource among fish harvesters.

A summer fishery will commence on July 17, 2016 and July 16, 2017 for both Northside and Southside of HFA 16G and fish harvesters will fish against a reserve quota of 650 t until the main roe fishery opens, or until the quota is caught. When the main roe fall fishery opens, September 4, 2016 and September 3, 2017 these fish harvesters will fish against the remaining 16G quota but must remain within the defined areas, until the fishery closes. Any remaining quota after September 25, 2016 and September 24, 2017 will be accessible to all harvesters in their chosen zone in a late fishery.

Purse seine fishery for vessel greater than 19.81 meters

A cap on fall spawners of 4,014 t in the Baie des Chaleurs will be implemented.

Catches of autumn spawners during the spring fishery along the edge of the Laurentian channel will be counted towards the large purse seiner fall quota.

The purse seine fishery for vessel greater than 19.8 meters will be allowed in the Baie des Chaleurs from July 1 until July 31, 2016-2017, and from September 1 until December 31, 2016-2017, except west of a line between Grande-Anse (NB) and Paspébiac (QC) in order to limit catches of spring spawners.

The purse seine fishery for vessel greater than 19.8 meters will be closed from January 1 to December 31 in a portion of HFA 16G off the northeast coast of PEI (Chart 8)

Uncaught quota from the spring will be transferred to the fall, and access to the northern portion of 4Vn (HFA 17) will be authorized starting November 1. However, the amount and the conditions under which the fishery will take place in 4Vn (HFA 17) will be addressed in the Maritimes Region Herring Management Plan.

All vessels must be equipped with an operational Vessel Monitoring System during fishing activities.

There will be a minimum of 20% at-sea observer coverage during fishing activities.

The purse seine fishery for vessel greater than 19.8 meters will continue to be subject to a small fish protocol.

The use of a mid-water trawl for up to three seiners to fish herring in HFA 16 (excluding Chaleurs Bay) from April 1 to December 31 can be authorize by the Minister with the appropriate monitoring and control mechanisms to prevent high catches of small fish.

TABLE 2

FALL INSHORE MANAGEMENT MEASURES BY HFA – 2016-2017

Fishing Area DMP/CMP Quota (t) Period Net (mesh size / deep / length) Closures Trip Limit
16A – Île Verte CMP - declaration of 100% of catches through the radio and dockside verification for 25% of landings 43 July 1 – Dec. 31 63.5 mm min / 125 mesh / 150 fathoms None

One landing a day of 9,072 kg (20,000 lbs)

16B – Baie des Chaleurs (Fixed Gear)

100% DMP in N.B.

CMP in P.Q. - declaration of 100% of catches through the radio and dockside verification for 25% of landings

335 (1) July 1-31 66.7 mm min / 125 mesh / 125 fathoms None

One landing per day of 10,206 kg (22,500 lbs)

16B – Baie des Chaleurs (Fixed Gear)

100% DMP in N.B.

CMP in P.Q. - declaration of 100% of catches through the radio and dockside verification for 25% of landings

11,954

Aug. 21 to end (2016)

Aug. 20 to end (2017)

66.7 mm min / 125 mesh / 125 fathoms

13:00 Friday to 19:00 Sunday*

13:00 to 19:00 weekdays*

One landing per day of 10,206 kg (22,500 lbs)

Small Seiners 100% DMP 367

July 1 – July. 31

Sept. 1 – Dec. 31

N/A N/A N/A
16 C&E –Escuminac, Western PEI and northern GNS 100% DMP 500 (2)

July 1 – Aug. 19 (2016)

July 1 – Aug. 18 (2017)

66.7 mm min / 125 mesh / 150 fathoms 18:00 Friday to 18:00 Sunday*

One landing per day of 5,670 kg (12,500 lbs)

16 C&E –Escuminac, Western PEI and northern GNS 100% DMP 776 (all)

Aug. 21 – TBD (2016)

Aug. 20 – TBD (2017)

66.7 mm min / 125 mesh / 150 fathoms None

Total daily landings of 9,752 kg (21,500 lbs)

16 C&E –Escuminac, Western PEI and northern GNS 100% DMP 1,950 (Group A) After competitive fishery 66.7 mm min / 125 mesh / 150 fathoms None Total daily landings of 9,752 kg (21,500 lbs)
16 C&E –Escuminac, Western PEI and northern GNS 100% DMP

1,950

(Group B)

After competitive fishery 66.7 mm min / 125 mesh / 150 fathoms None Total daily landings of 9,752 kg (21,500 lbs)
16D –Magdalen Islands CMP - logbook, declaration of 100% of catches through the radio and dockside verification for 25% of landings 175 July 1 – Dec. 31 66.7 mm min / 125 mesh / 150 fathoms None None
16F – Pictou 100% DMP 5,317 Sept. 11 – TBD (2016) TBD (2017) 66.7 mm min / 125 mesh / 100 fathoms

12:00 Friday to 18:00 Sunday for the first 4 weekends

12:00 to 18:00 weekdays

One landing per day, with daily limit self-managed by industry
16G –Northside 100% DMP 650 for N+S

Summer fishery

July17 – Sept. 2 (2016)

 

July 16 – Sept. 1 (2017)

66.7 mm min / 125 mesh / 150 fathoms 15:00 Friday to 15:00 Sunday Maximum 2 landings per day, with daily limit self-managed by industry
16G –Northside 100% DMP

20% of remaining quota (2,885 t + remaining in summer fishery)

Main roe fishery

Sept. 4 – Sept. 23 (2016)

Sept. 3 – Sept. 22 (2017)

66.7 mm min / 125 mesh / 150 fathoms 15:00 Friday to 15:00 Sunday Maximum 2 landings per day, with daily and weekly limit self-managed by industry
 16G – Southside  100% DMP  650 for N+S  Summer fishery

July17 – Sept. 2 (2016)

July 16 – Sept. 1 (2017)

 66.7 mm min / 100 mesh / 150 fathoms 15:00 Friday to 15:00 Sunday Maximum 2 landings per day, with daily limit self-managed by industry
  16G – Southside  100% DMP  80% of remaining quota (2,885 t + remaining in summer fishery

 

 Main roe fishery

Sept. 4 – Sept. 23 (2016)

Sept. 3 – Sept. 22 (2017)

 66.7 mm min / 100 mesh / 150 fathoms 15:00 Friday to 15:00 Sunday Maximum 2 landings per day, with daily and weekly limit self-managed by industry
 16G – Fishermen’s Bank  100% DMP  Remaining quota  Late fishery

Sept. 25 – Dec. 31 (2016)

Sept. 24 – Dec. 31 (2017)

 66.7 mm min

Northside -125 mesh/150 fathoms

Southside – 100 mesh/150 fathoms

15:00 Friday to 15:00 Sunday Maximum 2 landings per day (Northside) and 1 landing per day (Southside), with consistent daily and weekly limit self- managed by industry

* Atlantic Daylight Time

1 – If any quota remains from the early fishery, the remainder will be added to the roe fishery.

2 – A portion of 16E is open. Fish caught in that portion of 16E must be landed in that open area.

CHART 1

Closure of the commercial inshore herring fishery off northeast PEI (April 1 to June 30) and of the large purse seiners herring fishery (year round)

Note: These reference points are based on the geodesic system North American Datum 1927 (NAD27)

CHART 2

Closure of the commercial spring fishery in a portion of HFA 16E near Cape Egmont

CHART 3

Exclusion zone in the Grande-Entrée Channel in HFA 16D

1. 47° 32' 30'' N - 61° 32' 39'' W

7. 47° 34' 39'' N - 61° 32' 46'' W

2. 47° 31' 16'' N - 61° 34' 26'' W

8. 47° 34' 37'' N - 61° 32' 43'' W

3. 47° 31' 40'' N - 61° 35' 48'' W

9. 47° 34' 06'' N - 61° 33' 00'' W

4. 47° 33' 26'' N - 61° 35' 48'' W

10. 47° 33' 31'' N - 61° 33' 27'' W

5. 47° 33' 31'' N - 61° 35' 48'' W

11. 47° 33' 25'' N - 61° 33' 43'' W

6. 47° 34' 00'' N - 61° 35' 48'' W

Exclusion zone in the Havre Aubert harbour in HFA 16D

1. 47° 14' 09.20'' N - 61° 49' 40.10'' W

2. 47° 13' 57.30'' N - 61° 49' 09.90'' W

Note: These reference points are based on the geodesic system North American Datum 1983 (NAD83)

CHART 4

Closure of the spring commercial fishery on spawning beds in New Mills, Carleton and St-Omer in HFA 16B (Grey zones)

Note: These reference points are based on the geodesic system North American Datum 1983 (NAD83)

CHART 5

Closure of the spring commercial fishery on a spawning bed near Point Escuminac (N.B.) in HFA 16C (Grey zone)

Note: These reference points are based on the geodesic system North American Datum 1983 (NAD83)

CHART 6

Closure of the spring commercial fishery on a spawning bed near Cape Jourimain (N.B.) in HFA 16E (Grey zone)

Note: These reference points are based on the geodesic system North American Datum 1983 (NAD83)

CHART 7

Summer fishery in a portion of HFA 16E

The summer fishery is to be conducted in that portion of 16E inside lines drawn from:

1. 46° 14' 00'' N 64° 14' 00'' W (FAGAN POINT)

2. 46° 24' 00'' N 64° 06' 00'' W (CAPE EGMONT)

3. 46° 12' 58'' N 63° 29' 26'' W

4. 46° 10' 35'' N 63° 28' 03'' W

5. 45° 51' 45'' N 63° 42' 42'' W

Note: Those reference points are based on the geodesic system North American Datum 1927 (NAD27). Positions are expressed in degrees, minutes and seconds.

CHART 8

Northern portion of HFA 16G

The Northern portion of HFA 16G is defined as that portion of Herring Fishing Area 16G inside a line drawn from:

1. 46° 26' 00'' N - 63° 15' 00'' W

2. 46° 50' 00'' N - 62° 32' 00'' W

3. 46° 56' 42'' N - 61° 30' 00'' W

4. 46° 26' 55'' N - 61° 30' 00'' W

5. 46° 26' 55'' N - 61° 58' 25'' W (EAST POINT)

Note: Those reference points are based on the geodesic system North American Datum 1927 (NAD27). Positions are expressed in degrees, minutes and seconds.

Annex 1

Spring Herring Reserve Distribution Rules for the 2016-2017 Sharing Plan

1. Each HFA will maintain its existing quota share at the end of the sharing plan.

2. Establishment of a 762 t reserve taken by removing 400 t from the top of the total inshore quota before distribution to HFAs according to actual shares and by removing 8 t of the HFA 16A, 235 t of the HFA 16C, 85 t of the HFA 16D, 20 t of the HFA 16F and 14 t of the HFA 16G allocations (Bringing those HFA’s to their 2007 catch level).

3. All HFAs will have access to the reserve when their initial allocation has been caught before June 1.

4. On June 1, uncaught area quotas and remaining reserve are transferred to the June 1-30 quota. Starting on June 1, any fisher may fish against the HFA 16A-G, June 1-30 quota.

5. The spring inshore fishery will be closed if the total inshore quota is caught.

Fall Herring Reserve Distribution Rules for the 2016-2017 sharing plan

1. Each HFA will maintain its existing quota share at the end of the sharing plan.

2. Establishment of a 1,954 t reserve consisting of 80% of the HFA 16A allocation, 80% of the HFA 16D allocation, 80% of the HFA 17 allocation* and 805 t of the HFA 16G allocation. (*HFA 17 will provide 80% (280 t) of its allocation on a risk management basis to supply the reserve)

3. The 1,954 t reserve will be initially allocated equally to HFA 16C&E (977 t) and HFA 16F (977 t).

4. The initial reserve distribution will be evaluated yearly to take in consideration any conservation concerns.

5. If the allocation for HFA 16A, 16D or 16G proves insufficient due to an apparent increase in abundance, the scenario will have to be revised.

SPRING - SHARE SCENARIO BASED ON ESTABLISHEMENT OF A RESERVE (2016 and 2017 REFERENCE FIXED GEAR QUOTA = 1,540 t) TAC 2,000 t

HFA CURRENT SHARE Quota based on current shares Quota after deduction from HFA 16A, C, D, F, G Initial Allocation Rules for accessing the reserve / (762 t)

16A

1.03% 12 4 4 Total catches prior to May 31 no higher than original share (12 t) /

16B

6.36% 71 71 71 50 t increments to the level of 2007 catches (471 t) /

 16C

32.60% 365 130 130 50 t increments to the level of original share (365 t) /

16D

9.54% 107 22 22 50 t increments to the level of original share (107 t) /

 16E

40.56% 454 454 454 50 t increments to the level of 2007 catches (815 t) /

16F

2.39% 27 7 7 Total catches prior to May 31 no higher than original share (27 t) /

16G

2.01% 23 9 9 Total catches prior to May 31 no higher than original share (23 t) /

16A-G

(June 1 to 30 )

5.50% 62 62 62 100% of remaining reserve and unused area allocations after June 1 /

17

  16 16 16 final

TOTAL

100% 1,137 775 775  

FALL - SHARE SCENARIO BASED ON ESTABLISHEMENT OF A RESERVE (2016 and 2017 REFERENCE FIXED GEAR QUOTA = 26,972 t) TAC 35,000 t

Reserve=1,954t

HFA CURRENT SHARE Quota based on current shares Area reduction for the 1,954t reserve Quota after deduction of 1,954t reserve

Distribution of the reserve

1,954t

Basic allocation

16A

0.79% 211 168 43   43

16B

47.54% 12,656   12,656   12,656

 16C

15.77% 4,199   4,199 977 5,176

16D

3.29% 876 701 175   175

16F

16.30% 4,340   4,340 977 5,317

16G

16.30% 4,340 805 3,535   3,535

17

  350 280* 350   350

TOTAL

100% 26,972 1,954   1,954  

*Risk managed

Annex 2

Large Purse Seine Fleet Fishery on “the Edge” (4T)

All Gulf large purse seine licence holders are authorized to conduct fishing activities in the spring on the Edge of 4T (Chart 9). This herring fishery targets fall origins spawners

The large purse seine fleet is authorized to fish their fall herring quota along the Edge in 4T during the spring season (May-June). Catches will be counted towards this quota.

All vessels must be equipped with an operational Vessel Monitoring System during fishing activities.

There will be 20% observer coverage at sea during the spring fishery along the Laurentian channel (“Edge fishery”).

The maximum authorized by-catch of mackerel and capelin is set at 10% each of the directed species. The maximum authorized by-catch of groundfish is set at 5% of the directed species. Monitoring and sampling for by-catch species will be conducted at sea and the by-catch may be verified at dockside by fishery officers.

A small fish protocol is in place to control the capture of juvenile herring during the purse seine fishery with a 100% dockside monitoring. The small fish protocol reduces the remaining available quota according to the percentage of herring smaller than 23.5 cm (fork length) in the catch.

A scientific protocol has been developed to verify the spawning component of the herring caught. The proportion of spring and fall spawners in the catch will be determined by DFO. If at any time the amount of spring spawners in the catch reaches the spring allocation, the purse seine fishery will be closed until July 1.

Chart 9: Area where the large purse seine fleet « Edge » fishery will occur (area in blue)

Points Latidude North Longitude West

1. 48°42’00”N 62°32’00”W

2. 47°50’00”N 60°00’00”W

3. 47°11’06”N 60°20’07”W

4. 47°11’06”N 60°35’52”W

5. 47°51’33”N 61°10’07”W

6. 48°09’33”N 62°32’02”W

Note: When the geographic boundary of an area is expressed in Latitude and Longitude, these point references are based on the geodesic system North American Datum 1927 (NAD27)

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