Current status of precautionary approach (PA) reference points and harvest control rules, Integrated Fisheries Management Plans (IFMPs) and rebuilding plans

1. The table below shows the status of precautionary approach (PA) reference points and harvest control rules for the 170 major fish stocks that are tracked through the Sustainability Survey for Fisheries.
Number of major stocks with a limit reference point Number of major stocks with an upper stock reference Number of major stocks with a removal reference point Number of major stocks with harvest control rules
2015 survey results 87 75 72 90
2016 Survey results 103 81 79 102
Difference between 2015 and 2016 survey results +16 +6 +7 +12
From 2017 to 2018 CESD work plan commitments: number of PA components to be developed by March 31, 2018 4 0 0 5
PA components still to be developed as of April 1st 2018 63 89 91 63
2. The table below shows the status of Integrated Fisheries Management Plans (IFMPs) for the 170 major fish stocks that are tracked through the Sustainability Survey for Fisheries.
  Number of IFMPs developed Number of IFMPs posted
2015 survey results 57 IFMPs covering 116 stocks 35 IFMPs
2016 survey results 59 IFMPs covering 122 stocks 39 IFMPs
Difference between 2015 and 2016 survey results +2 IFMPs covering 6 stocks +4 IFMPs
  Number of IFMPs to be developed Number of IFMPs to be posted
From 2017 to 2018 CESD work plan commitments: IFMP deliverables by March 31st 2018 7 IFMPs covering 17 stocks 12 IFMPs
IFMP work still to be completed as of April 1st 2018 20 IFMPs required to cover 31 stocks 35 IFMPs

*It is estimated that 86 IFMPs will be required to cover all 170- major fish stocks.

3. The table below lists the 19 fish stocks that Fisheries and Oceans Canada has identified as priority stocks for rebuilding plan development
# Region Fish stock Proposed expected date of completion of rebuilding plans (fiscal year)
1 Maritimes Atlantic cod, 4X5Y By end of the 2017 to 2018 fiscal year
2 Maritimes Atlantic cod, 5ZjM By end of the 2018 to 2019 fiscal year
3 Maritimes Yellowtail flounder, 5Z By end of the 2018 to 2019 fiscal year
4 NCR Redfish unit 1 By June of the 2018 to 2019 fiscal year
5 NCR Redfish unit 2 By June of the 2018 to 2019 fiscal year
6 NCR Northern shrimp, SFA 6 By end of the 2017 to 2018 fiscal year
7 NCR Mackerel (Atlantic) NAFO 3 to 4 By end of the 2019 to 2020 fiscal year
8 NL Atlantic cod, 2J3KL By end of the 2018 to 2019 fiscal year
9 NL 3Ps cod By end of the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year
10 Pacific Yelloweye rockfish, inside/outside By end of the 2017 to 2018 fiscal year
11 Pacific WCVI chinook By end of the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year
12 Pacific Herring Haida Gwaii (Pacific QCI) By end of the 2019 to 2020 fiscal year
13 Quebec Iceland scallop, SFA 16ef, 18a By end of the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year
14 Quebec Northern beluga (Nunavik) By end of the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year
15 Gulf Cod, Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, 4TVn By end of the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year
16 Gulf Herring 4T (spring spawner) By end of the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year
17 Gulf Plaice (American), Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, 4T By end of the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year
18 Gulf White hake 4T By end of the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year
19 Gulf Winter flounder 4RST By end of the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year