2020 snow crab - Northeastern Nova Scotia (Crab Fishing Areas 20-22)

The Maritimes Region Northeastern Nova Scotia snow crab fishery occurs in Crab Fishing Areas (CFA) 20-22, as defined by the Atlantic Fishery Regulations, 1985 (schedule XI).

Dates of season (subject to change)

Fishing in CFA 20-22 is open from April 1 to August 18, 2020.

Total allowable catches (TACs)

The 2020 total allowable catch (TAC) for snow crab in Northeastern Nova Scotia is 847.4 t.

This represents a 35% increase from the 2019 TAC and is consistent with science advice from the annual peer reviewed stock assessment. This TAC targets a harvest rate of 19% of the estimated fishable biomass (the total weight of all individual snow crabs in the population), which is within the approved harvest control rules for this stock when in the healthy zone.

The 847.4 t TAC for 2020 also includes an allocation of 24.19 t to be used to contribute funds for the annual snow crab survey, under section 10 of the Fisheries Act.

Management measures

The snow crab fishery in the Maritimes Region is managed under the Eastern Nova Scotia and 4X Snow Crab Integrated Fisheries Management Plan.

Please contact your regional DFO office for more information:

902-407-8153 / DFO.MARFisheriesManagement-GestiondespechesMAR.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca 

Single or multi-year planning

The information provided is applicable to the 2020 fishery only.

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