2016-2018 Scallop Conservation and Harvesting Plan for Scallop Fishing Area (SFA) 21

Tracadie, NB – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), is releasing details today of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Scallop Conservation and Harvesting Plan for Scallop Fishing Area (SFA) 21.

The following management measures were adopted following consultation with industry at the March 30, 2016 Scallop SFA 21 Advisory Committee meeting.

New Management Measures to be implemented for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 fishing seasons :

Fishing seasons

21A
The fishery in the sub-area 21A will be closed for the duration of the plan (2016-2018) since the total catch per unit effort for the 2014 and 2015 fishing seasons were less than the established minimum limit of 0.5 kilogram/hour/metre. This closure is consistent with management measures adopted by industry in 2013.

21B
The fishery will be open from May 10 to August 8 inclusively, for a maximum period of 42 consecutive calendar days (six weeks), starting from the date of issuance of licence conditions.

21C
The fishery will be open at dates and times described below:

  • 2016 – Open from 5 :00 a.m. on July 4 to 6 :00 p.m. on July 30
  • 2017 – Open from 5 :00 a.m. on July 3 to 6 :00 p.m. on July 29
  • 2018 – Open from 5 :00 a.m. on July 2 to 6 :00 p.m. on July 28

The fishery will only be authorized between 5 :00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily, and will be closed on Sundays.

Other Management Measures which will continue to apply in 2016, 2017 and 2018 :

Meat count: In sub-areas 21B and 21C, a maximum of 39 meats per 500 g is required.

Logbook: Fish harvesters are required to forward their accurately completed logbooks to DFO, at the address indicated on the logbook, no later than two weeks following the closure of the fishing season. A nil report must be provided for each week of non-fishing during the scallop fishing season and/or one nil report indicating there was no activity for the entire fishing season.

Ring size: The authorized minimal ring size in the bucket construction is set at 82.6 mm (3 ¼ inches) with the exception of the first row of buckets where 76.2 mm (3 inches) rings may be used.

Drag: Maximum cumulative width of 6.09 m (20 feet) (outside measurements).

Washers: A maximum of two steel washers may be used to join two bucket rings together. When rubber washers are used to join bucket rings, a maximum of one rubber washer may be used and in this case, in the vertical position only. The maximum outside diameter of rubber washers must not exceed 50.8 mm (2 inches). Rubber flappers are allowed when only steel washers are used to join bucket rings. With the exception of the authorized rubber washers and rubber flappers, no other type of chaffing gear can be used.

Offloading Requirements: All scallops must be shucked prior to entering port. Licence holders are not authorized to land (off-load) any other part of the scallop except for the adductor muscle (no roe or other internal organs of the scallop may be retained).

Buffer zones: The coastal buffer zones for the protection of lobster habitat and the ecosystem continue to be applied by variation order and licence condition.

For more information on this fishery please contact :

Diana Fillion
Area Officer, Resource Management
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Tracadie (NB)
506-395-7740
Diana.Fillion@dfo-mpo.gc.ca