2016 Northern Cod Stewardship / By-catch Fishery 2J3KL management approach

Species and Area

Northern Cod (Gadus morhua) fishery in Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Divisions 2J3KL.

The management approach for the 2016 Northern cod Stewardship/by-catch fishery for NAFO Divisions 2J3KL is based on a proposal submitted by Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council (NL-GIDC), collaboration between the Fish Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) and various Newfoundland and Labrador seafood processors.

Single or Multi-year Planning

This is a one-year management plan for 2016.

Management Measures

The Stewardship fishery will move away from the three week Individual Quota (IQ) based system, to a regime that includes: an extended season, weekly landing limits, elimination of individual quotas, and removal of the requirement to fish within the fisher’s home bay. This plan recognises that harvesters have availed of the Department’s Combining policy and made investments to acquire additional allocations. Weekly limits for combined enterprises will be greater than the base weekly limit by an amount proportional to the level of Combining. Full details on the weekly limits for combined enterprises will be outlined in licence conditions.

The base weekly harvesting limits are:

  • August 15 to September 4 – 2,000lbs per week
  • September 4 to the end of the season – 3,000lbs per week

Harvesters will not be restricted to fishing in the bay of their homeport.

Fishing is not permitted in the waters outside Canada's Territorial Sea (the 12 mile limit).

Many of the management measures previously in place for this fishery will continue, including:

  • Gear restrictions and gear limits
  • Small fish protocol
  • Monitoring of landings
  • Logbook completion
  • No Buddy- up
  • Medical designations only

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