Northern Shrimp Fishing Areas (SFAs) 4, 5, 6

Dates of season (subject to change)

SFAs 4 – 6 operate year round, from April 1 – March 31.

Total Allowable Catches

SFA 4
The Total Allowable Catch in SFA 4 borealis will increase by 754t from 14,971t to 15,725t, which includes a 1,700t allocation for Use of Fish under Section 10 of the Fisheries Act.

The Montagui bycatch limit will remain at the level of 4,033t.

SFA 5
The Total Allowable Catch in SFA 5 will be reduced by ~14.1% to 22,000t to achieve a 20% exploitation rate.

SFA 6
The Total Allowable Catch in SFA 6 will be reduced by 62.6% to 10,400t.

Sharing Arrangements (if applicable)

SFA 4 Borealis
The percent shares for SFA 4 have been modified for the offshore fleet (from 81.1% to 76.2%) and the Nunatsiavut Government (from 5.1% to 10%). Percent shares moving forward and individual allocations for 2017/18 are as follows:

FLEET / INTEREST 2017/18 Quota (t) Percent share
Offshore fleet 10,687 76.2
Inshore Fleet 743 5.3
Innu Nation 1,192 8.5
Nunatsiavut Government 1,403 10
NSRF 1,700 NA
Total 15,725  

SFA 5
Individual allocations for 2017/18 are based on established percent shares as follows:

 FLEET / INTEREST 2017/18 Quota (t) Percent share
Offshore fleet 8,369 38.04
Northern Coalition 6,160 28
Innu Nation 1,142 5.19
Nunatsiavut Government 2,178 9.9
Cartwright 609 2.77
NunatuKavut Community Council 1,368 6.22
Inshore Aff Cod Harvesters (Cartwright to L’Anse au Clair) 1,945 8.84
Inshore Aff Cod Harvesters (Northern Peninsula) 229 1.04
TOTAL 22,000  

SFA 6
Individual allocations for 2017/18 are based on established percent shares as follows:

FLEET / INTEREST 2017/18 Quota (t) Percent share
Offshore fleet 2,402 23.1
SABRI 468 4.5
Innu Nation 177 1.7
Fogo Island Co-Op 114 1.1
Inshore fleet 7,239 69.9
TOTAL 10,400  

The Inshore fleet allocation is shared as follows:

Fleet / Interest 2017/18 Quota (t)
2J CDP 165
2J 790
3K north 790
3K south 2,529
3L 1,311
4R 1,476
4S 178
TOTAL 7,239

Management Measures

Special allocation holders in SFA 6 now have the option to select the offshore or inshore fleet to harvest their quotas. If the inshore is selected, it must be made at the fleet level (eg 2J, 3K) in order to address leveraging concerns.

Single or Multi-year Planning

This information is applicable to the 2017/18 fishery only.

Links to other information

Northern Shrimp Integrated Fisheries Management Plan