2019 - Southern gulf of St. Lawrence snow crab conservation harvesting plan crab fishing area 12 (12, 18, 25, 26)

Moncton and Quebec – April 5, 2019

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) releases the details of the 2019 Crab Fishing Area (CFA) 12 (12, 18, 25, 26) Conservation Harvesting Plan.

Quota

The Total Allowable Catch (TAC) in CFA 12 is 27,905.51 t. Details of the sharing of the TAC can be found in the CFA 12 Snow Crab administrative list.

Quota reconciliation

Quota reconciliation is applied in this fishery. Quota overruns during the 2019 season by a licence holder will be deducted in 2020 on a one-for-one basis. It is the responsibility of the licence holder to respect the allocation granted while taking into consideration transfers and landings and has to make the necessary arrangements before departing for a fishing expedition to have quota to cover expected catches for the expedition. 

Temporary transfers

Licence holders who are subject to the owner-operator policy may transfer up to 50% of his or her initial quota on a temporary basis, within one fishing season. 

At-Sea observer coverage

At-sea observer coverage representing 20% of fishing trips will be required for 2019.

Partnership arrangements

The creation of partnerships will be permitted. The trap limit for partnerships will be equal to the total traps of one licence, plus 50%.

2019 Management measures

The management measures in 2019 include, amongst others:

2019 Management measures to minimize interactions with North Atlantic Right Whales:

The Management measures to minimize interactions with North Atlantic Right Whales (NARW) are summarized below. Details of these measures can be found in licence conditions and will also be provided in a separate Notice to Fish Harvesters.

Points* Latitude Longitude
1 48° 20' 00" N 63° 50' 00" W
2 47° 40' 00" N 63° 50' 00" W
3 47° 40' 00" N 64° 00' 00" W
4 47° 30' 00" N 64° 00' 00" W
5 47° 30' 00" N 64° 20' 00" W
6 47° 50' 00" N 64° 20' 00" W
7 48° 00' 00" N 64° 10' 00" W
8 48° 10' 00" N 64° 10' 00" W
9 48° 10' 00" N 64° 00' 00" W
10 48° 20' 00" N 64° 00' 00" W
11 48° 20' 00" N 63° 50' 00" W

*The point references are based on the geodesic system North American Datum 1983 (NAD83). Positions are expressed in degrees, minutes and seconds.

Map illustrating the static closure zone and the areas subject to the dynamic management protocol.

Map illustrating the static closure zone (in yellow) and the areas subject to the dynamic management protocol (in grey).

Trap limits in 2019:

In order to continue protecting NARW, all licence holders will have the same total number of authorized traps as in 2018. The following trap limits will be in place for the 2019 fishing season.

* Note: Additional traps may be permitted in accordance with the individual transferable quota program administrative guidelines.

Banc-des-Américains Marine Protected Area

On March 6, 2019, DFO created, jointly with the Quebec government, the Banc-des-Américains Marine Protected Area (MPA) in order to the ensure the conservation and protection of this marine ecosystem.

Provisions of the Banc-des-Américains Marine Protected Area Regulations apply to licence holders. In order to comply with them, please refer to the clauses that apply to your fishing activities here.

Map showing the Banc-des-Américains Marine Protected Area

Map showing the Banc-des-Américains Marine Protected Area.