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Proposal for Limit Reference Points as part of the Development of a Precautionary Approach for the Snow Crab Stock in Area 12A
Regional Peer Review - Québec Region
October 24, 2023
Chairperson: Benoit Bruneau
Canada has committed at national and international levels to applying the precautionary approach (DFO 2006) in the fisheries decision-making process. In recent years, Canada has taken several initiatives to define the precautionary approach in the fisheries context, to establish benchmarks consistent with this approach, and to apply it to fisheries management.
Snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio) populations in the estuary and northern Gulf of St. Lawrence are divided into 9 stocks (13 to 17, 12A, 12B, 12C and 16A), and a precautionary approach is being developed for each stock.
The Fisheries Management (FM) Branch has asked DFO Science to propose limit reference points (LRPs) for fishing area 12A based on the precautionary approach (DFO 2009).
The objective of the meeting is to define limit reference points in accordance with the precautionary approach for the Snow crab stock in Area 12A. In order to achieve this, the following elements will be presented:
- A revised methodology for determining the main indicators of abundance and biomass
- Different scenario proposals for establishing PRLs
- Research Document
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Science and Fisheries Management sectors)
- Fishing industry
- Provincial representatives
- Indigenous communities/organizations
- DFO, 2006. A Harvest Strategy Compliant with the Precautionary Approach. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Sci. Advis. Rep. 2006/023.
- DFO. 2009. A fishery decision-making framework incorporating the precautionary approach.
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