Terms of Reference
Stock status updates for Arctic Surfclam
Regional Peer Review - Maritimes
August 29, 2023
Chairperson: Rabindra Singh
The Arctic Surfclam (Mactromeris polynyma) is a slow growing long-lived species found primarily in coarse sandy bottoms. In the western Atlantic, they occur from the Strait of Belle Isle to Rhode Island. The Arctic Surfclam fishery in the Canadian Atlantic operates on both the Scotian Shelf and the Grand Banks. The Scotian Shelf and Grand Banks offshore clam fisheries are managed under an Integrated Fisheries Management Plan, with a total of 3 licences having equal access to quotas in both areas through Enterprise Allocations.
The Grand Bank and Banquereau Arctic Surfclam stock was assessed in 2017 using a spatially disaggregated surplus production model (Hubley and Heaslip 2018, DFO 2017a, b). This regional science response process updates fishery information, previously identified secondary indicators (DFO 2017a) to the end of the 2022 fishing season for both Banks and model results for Banquereau and assesses them against agreed upon reference points. In support of the decision-making for the 2024 fishery, DFO Maritimes Resource Management has requested an assessment of resource status from DFO Maritimes Science.
The objective of this regional science response process is to update fisheries information, stock status indicators, and assess them against agreed-upon reference points and thresholds:
- Update recent fisheries information for Banquereau and Grand Bank stocks, including:
- Fishery footprint
- Catch Per Unit Effort
- At-sea observer data
- Science Response
- DFO Science
- DFO Resource Management
- DFO. 2017a. Assessment of the Arctic Surfclam (Mactromeris polynyma) Stock of Banquereau for 2016. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Sci. Advis. Rep. 2017/047.
- DFO. 2017b. Proceedings of the Regional Peer Review of the Assessment of Arctic Surfclam (Mactromeris polynyma) Stock on Banquereau; April 20-21, 2017. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Proceed. Ser. 2017/046.
- Hubley, B., and Heaslip, S.G. 2018. Data Review and Assessment Framework of the Arctic Surfclam (Mactromeris polynyma) on Banquereau and Grand Bank. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 2017/069.
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