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NAFO Division 4R - Herring Fishing Areas 13 and 14 (Western Newfoundland and Southern Labrador) 2022-2023

Herring fishery in NAFO Division 4R, west coast of Newfoundland and the area south of Cape Charles, Labrador (Herring Fishing Areas 13 and 14).

Dates of season (subject to change)

The herring fishing season for all fleet sectors will open based upon fleet representative recommendations to DFO.

Total Allowable Catches and sharing arrangements (if applicable)

The fleet quota sharing arrangements from 2020-2021 are maintained for 2022-2023, with an annual total allowable catch (TAC) of 20,000 metric tonnes including 50 metric tonnes for bait from the fixed gear fleet. However, as a means of rebuilding the spring spawner component, the commercial fishery inside the 50 fathom contour in Bay St. George and Port au Port Bay, prior to July 1, is limited to a total catch of 2,000 metric tonnes.

Total Allowable Catches:
Fleet Quota (metric tonnes) Share (percentage)
Purse Seine greater than 65 feet 11,000 55
Purse Seine less than 65 feet 4,400 22
Fixed Gear 4,600 (less 50t for bait) 23

Management measures

The current evergreen Integrated Fisheries Management Plan (IFMP) for Herring in NAFO Division 4R, which also incorporates management measures for fixed gear fisheries in NAFO sub-Division 3Pn is available online. Quota Reconciliation will be applied in this fishery.

Herring on the west coast of Newfoundland and the area south of Cape Charles in Labrador (4R) is comprised of two distinct stock components: spring and fall spawners. The fishery is managed on the basis of a combined TAC for both stock components. Specific management measures are in place in Herring Fishing Area 13 in order to afford protection to the spring spawner component.

A number of measures are in place to minimize potential salmon by-catch in the commercial fishery, including:

Measures have also been taken in the Herring bait fishery to minimize the potential for Salmon by-catch.

All licensed Herring fish harvesters operating vessels greater than or equal to 35 feet length overall (LOA), and those operating mobile gear vessels, regardless of length, are required as a condition of licence to provide detailed logbook records of catch and fishing activity.

Purse seine licence holders will be required to carry an at-sea observer intermittently throughout the fishery, at the request of the Department.

Fixed gear fish harvesters participating in the commercial fishery in Herring Fishing Area 14, using vessels less than 35 in length overall (LOA), will be required, as a condition of licence, to provide detailed logbook records of catch and fishing activity.

The commercial fishery (all fleets & areas) is subject to a Dockside Monitoring Program.

The tolerance of the number of small fish caught and retained will be 20% of the number of longer fish caught for all herring fleets in 4R.

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