4RST Capelin management plan 2021
Species and area
The NAFO Division 4RST Capelin fishery is managed under an evergreen Integrated Fisheries Management Plan that was approved in 2020.
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 2021. The TAC will be allocated to the respective quota areas and fleets according to existing sharing arrangements.
|4R||Mobile, less than 65 feet||2,244.75|
|4R||Mobile, 65 feet and greater||2,244.75|
The management measures for the 2021Capelin fishery 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.
- 90,000 pound daily trip limit for fixed gear harvesters in CFA 13 and 14.
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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