2017 Snow Crab Fishery, Newfoundland and Labrador

Snow Crab fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador (Areas 2HJ, 3KLNO, 3Ps, and 4R3Pn)

Fishing season (subject to change)

Description

The following table contains three columns. The first column lists each NAFO Division. The second column lists the Crab Fishing Area. The third column lists the 2017 season dates.

NAFO Division Crab Fishing Area 2017 Season Dates
2GHJ 2GH, 2J North June 15 – August 30
2J 2J South May 1 – July 15
3K 3A, 3BC, 4 April 14 – June 30
3D April 17 – June 30
3B April 23 – June 30
3C May 1 – June 30
3LNO most areas April 6 – July 31
8Bx south April 6 – July 15
3Ps 10B, 11S April 6 – June 15
11W April 6 – May 31
11E April 11 – May 31
10A April 15 – June 15
4R3Pn 12A, 12B, 12C, 12D, BSG April 6 – June 30
12E, 12F, BOI April 6 – June 15
Outside of 8, 12G, 12H April 17 - June 30

Total Allowable Catch

The Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for Newfoundland and Labrador Region in 2017 is 35,419 tonnes, an overall quota level decrease of approximately 22% from 2016, which includes 2% reduction in 3K, 26% in division 3LNO (46% in the areas outside the 200 mile limit, and 23% in areas inside the 200 mile limit), a 50% reduction in the 3Ps quota, and a 6% reduction in 4R3Pn. Quotas in 2GHJ will remain at 2016 levels. This includes the amount for the Collaborative Post-Season Trap Survey (Use of Fish).

Description

The following table contains two columns. The first column lists the area. The second column lists the quota in tonnes. The last row identifies the total allowable catch.

AREA Quota (t)*
2GHJ 1,865
3K 5,794
3LNO 24,787
3Ps 1,505
4R3Pn 998
CPS Trap Survey 470
TOTAL 35, 419

*numbers may not add due to rounding

Description

The following table contains five columns. The first column lists the Crab Fishing Area. The second column lists the area description. The third column lists the inshore quota(s). The fourth column lists the fulltime - large supplementary quotas. The fifth column lists the communal quota.

DIVISION 2GHJ 2017 QUOTAS (t)
Area Description Inshore Fulltime & Supplementary Communal
2GH North of 56o 00’ N - - 100
2J north North of 54o 40’ N to 56o 00’ N  -  - 310
2J south 2J South of 54o 40’ N 290 1,165  -

The 2J TAC is 1,865 tonnes.

Description

The following table contains four columns. The first column lists the Crab Fishing Area. The second column lists the area description. The third column lists the inshore quota(s). The fourth column lists the fulltime - large supplementary quotas.

DIVISION 3K 2017 QUOTAS (t)
Area Description Inshore Fulltime &
Supplementary
3A Canada Bay 292  -
3B White Bay 378  -
3C Green Bay 338  -
3BC Inshore 3K 166  -
3D Fogo/Twillingate 700  -
4 Offshore 17 3,903

The 3K TAC is 5,794 tonnes.

Description

The following table contains six columns. The first column lists the Crab Fishing Area. The second column lists the area description. The third column lists the inshore quota(s). The fourth column lists the small supplementary or commercial quotas. The fifth column lists the fulltime - large supplementary quotas. The sixth column lists the greater than 65 foot quotas.

DIVISIONS 3LNO 2017 QUOTAS (t)
Area Description Inshore Small
Supplementary
Fulltime & Supplementary > 65'
5A Bonavista Bay 945  -  -  -
6A Trinity Bay 1,197  -  -  -
6B Conception Bay 1,500  -  -  -
6C Eastern Avalon (inside 25) 1,357  -  -  -
8A Southern Shore (inside 25) 736  -  -  -
9A St. Mary’s Bay 477  -  -  -
8B Southern Avalon (offshore)  - 640  -  -
8Bx Southern Avalon  - 80  -  -
8Bx North Northern portion of Southern Avalon  - 288  -  -
8Bx South Southern portion of Southern Avalon  - 398  -  -
NS Nearshore  - 5,367  -  -
MS Midshore  - 3,036 1,261  -
MS/EX Mid-shore extended  -  - 3,024  -
3L EX Between 170 and 200 miles  -  - 2,117  -
3L 200 3L Outside 200 miles  -  - 985  -
3N 200 3N Outside 200 miles  -  - 1,011  -
3NO 200 3NO Outside 200 miles  -  -  - 368

The 3LNO TAC is 24,787 tonnes.

Description

The following table contains four columns. The first column lists the Crab Fishing Area. The second column lists the area description. The third column lists the inshore quota(s). The fourth column lists the small supplementary quota(s).

SUB-DIVISION 3Ps 2017 QUOTAS (t)
Area Description Inshore Small
Supplementary
10A Placentia Bay north of 46o30’N 560  -
10B Placentia Bay south of 46o30’N  - 803
11S CFA 11 south of 46o30’N 50 -
11E CFA 11 east of Western Head 79  -
11W CFA 11 west of Western Head 14  -

The 3Ps TAC is 1,505 tonnes.

Description

The following table contains four columns. The first column lists the Crab Fishing Area. The second column lists the area description. The third column lists the inshore quota(s). The fourth column lists the commercial quotas.

DIVISION 4R3Pn 2017 QUOTAS (t)
Area Description Inshore Commercial
12 Outside of 8 mile - Group 1  - 38
12 Outside of 8 mile - Group 2  - 307
12 Outside of 8 mile - Group 3  - 73
12 Bay of Islands  - 51
12 Bay St. George  - 20
12A Lapoile Bay 8  -
12B Cape Ray to Johnson’s Cove 18  -
12C Johnson’s Cove to Cape St. George 139  -
12D Cape St. George to Bear Head 76  -
12E Bear Head to Cape St. Gregory 45  -
12F Inner Bay of Islands 43  -
12G Cape St. Gregory to Broom Point 130  -
12H Broom Point to Table Point 50  -

The 4R3Pn TAC is 998 tonnes.

The Collaborative Post-Season Trap Survey (Use of Fish) TAC is 470 tonnes.

The overall TAC is 35,419 tonnes.

Management measures

The management approach supports sustainability of the Snow crab resource. This approach includes the continuation of early and shortened fishing seasons, strict soft-shell protocols, and no fall fishery in 3K, maintaining quota levels in 2J, quota decreases in one area of division 3K, all areas of divisions 3LNO, all areas of sub-division 3Ps, and quota decreases in three areas in division 4R3Pn.  3Ps Supplementary fleet quotas in 10BCD, 10X and 11S will be merged into one allocation.

Some fleets will be ready to fish immediately. An early opening in these areas is essential to providing the best opportunity to avoid high incidence of soft-shell during the fishery and to spread the landings over a longer period of time. In addition, grid based soft-shell protocols are continued in all areas. Areas closed as a result of soft-shell Crab will remain closed for the remainder of the year. Grids closed for soft-shell crab in Shrimp Fishing Areas 4, 5 or 6 will also be closed to Shrimp harvesting for 60 days. All season closure dates are subject to modification if there is a high incidence of soft-shell Crab encountered in the fishery. An individual quota (IQ) does not guarantee that all Crab will be landed.

Division 2GHJ

  • The harvest levels for 2GHJ will remain unchanged in 2017.

Division 3K

The overall Snow crab quota in Division 3K will decrease by 2% in 2017 to 5,794 tonnes from 5,889 tonnes in 2016.

  • Harvest level in area 3B will be decreased by 20% in 2017.
  • The harvest levels in areas 3A, 3BC, 3C, 3D and 4 will remain unchanged in 2017.

Division 3LNO

The overall quota of Snow crab in 3LNO will be decreased by 26%, from 33,486 tonnes in 2016 to 24,787 tonnes in 2017.

  • Harvest levels in areas 5A, and 8A will be decreased by 15% in 2017.
  • Harvest levels in areas 6A, 9A, 8B, Midshore and Midshore extended will be decreased by 20% in 2017.
  • Harvest levels in area 6B, 6C, Nearshore, and 3L extended will be decreased by 25% in 2017.
  • Harvest levels in area 8Bx, 8Bx north, 8Bx south and 3L outside 200 miles will be decreased by 40% in 2017.
  • Harvest levels in areas 3NO outside 200 miles will be decreased by 50% in 2017.

Subdivision 3Ps

The overall quota for Snow crab in Sub- division 3Ps will be decreased by 50% in 2017.

  • Harvest levels in areas 10A, 10B, 11S, 11E, 11W will be decreased by 50% in 2017.

Division 4R and Subdivision 3Pn

The overall quota for Snow crab in division 4R and sub-division 3Pn will be decreased by 6% in 2017.

  • Harvest levels in areas Outside of 8 miles, 12A, 12B, 12D, and 12G will remain unchanged in 2017.
  • Harvest levels in areas 12C and Bay St. George will be decreased by 15% in 2017.
  • Harvest levels in areas 12E, 12F, and Bay of Islands will be decreased by 20% in 2017.

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