2016 Scallop Fishery, NAFO sub-Division 3Ps (Inshore)
Dates of season (subject to change)
The scallop fishery in Scallop Fishing Areas (SFA) 10, north of 47°00’N, and SFA 11, north of 47°25’N, opened on January 18, 2016.
The 3Ps Sea scallop fishery on the St. Pierre Bank, south of 47°00’N will open on May 4, 2016. This fishery will close when the TAC has been taken or on December 31, 2016, whichever comes first.
Total Allowable Catches
The Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for 3Ps Sea scallop in 2016 is 872 tonnes round weight, 105t meats, an overall quota level decrease of 22% from 2015. This TAC will be in effect from 2016 to 2019.
The management approach supports sustainability of the Scallop resource. This includes decreasing the Sea scallop TAC based on scientific advice, allowing the Iceland scallop fishery to open independently from the Sea scallop fishery, changing the weekly catch limit as a pilot project from all Scallop to Sea scallop only, and continuation of the inshore/offshore fleet separation, hence no access to the Middle and Southern Beds for the inshore fleet (less than 65’ LOA). In addition, a new requirement that only vessels permitted to participate in the 3Ps inshore Sea Scallop fishery on the north bed and in the Core Area must be those registered in Newfoundland and Labrador Region for the past 12 consecutive months.
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