4RST Capelin management plan 2020

Species and area

The NAFO Division 4RST Capelin fishery is managed under an evergreen Integrated Fisheries Management Plan that was approved in 2018.

Season openings and closings (subject to change)

Commencement of the Capelin fishing season in an area is determined by industry recommendations to the Department based on the commercial abundance of capelin, compliance with industry quality standards, and the processing sector’s readiness to purchase product. Opening dates vary by area and fleet, and will be determined independently for each quota management unit. The season for each gear sector and area will remain open provided there are commercial quantities available and quota remaining to be harvested. 

TAC and sharing arrangements

The total allowable catch (TAC) for 4RST capelin is set at 9,295 tonnes for 2020. The TAC will be allocated to the respective quota areas and fleets according to existing sharing arrangements.

2020 Capelin Fishery Total Allowable Catch and Fleet Sharing
Area Gear Quota
4R Mobile, less than 65 feet 2,244.75
4R Mobile, 65 feet and greater 2,244.75
4R Fixed 3,515.37
4R Total 8,004.86
4ST Total 1,290.15
4RST Total 9,295

Management measures

The management measures for this fishery will be a roll over from the 2018-19 4RST Capelin fishery. These will include:

  • Subject to dockside monitoring. A water allowance of 3% will be applied at dockside.
  • Subject to at-sea observer coverage.
  • Trap net leaders with a mesh size of greater than two inches to less than seven inches are prohibited as a conservation measure to reduce the by-catch of wild Atlantic salmon.
  • The maximum authorized length of a modified bar seine (i.e. ‘tuck’ seine) for use in the Capelin fishery is 80 fathoms.
  • Restrictive leasing provisions.
  • Completion of logbooks.

Further details of the management measures are outlined in the Integrated Fisheries Management Plan.

Single or multi-year planning

This information is for 2020 fishing season.

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