2J3KLPs Capelin management plan 2021

Species and area

There are two Capelin stocks in eastern and southern Newfoundland and Labrador; 2J3KL and 3Ps.

Season openings and closings (subject to change)

Commencement of the Capelin fishing season in an area is determined and based upon industry recommendations to the Department. This would be 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.

Total allowable catch (TAC) and sharing arrangements

The total allowable catch (TAC) for 2J3KLPs capelin is set at 14,533 tonnes for 2021. This is a 25 percent decrease from 2020. The TAC will be allocated to the respective quota areas and fleets according to existing sharing arrangements.

2021 allocations by area

Area Gear type Quota
2J Fixed 58
Total 58
3K Mobile 1,144
Fixed 3,964
Total 5,108
3L Mobile 3,254
Fixed 5,145
Total 8,399
3Ps Mobile 111
Fixed 857
Total 968
2021 TAC Total 14,533

Management measures

The management measures for this fishery will be a roll over from the 2020 2J3KLPs 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.
  • Completion of logbooks.
  • 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.
  • Capelin buddy-up arrangements permitted in selected areas. 
  • Daily and seasonal limits.

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

Single or multi-year planning

This information is for 2021 fishing season.

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