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Fisheries Management Decision - 2J3KLPs Herring Management Plan 2023-2024

Species and Area

Herring stocks are distributed along the eastern coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador and the southeast coast of Newfoundland. These fisheries have historically supported commercial, food, and bait fisheries.

The herring fishing areas are Southern Labrador (Fishing Area 2), White Bay - Notre Dame Bay (Fishing Areas 3 & 4), Bonavista Bay - Trinity Bay (Fishing Areas 5 & 6), Conception Bay - Southern Shore (Fishing Areas 7 & 8), St. Mary's Bay-Placentia Bay (Fishing Areas 9 & 10), Fortune Bay and Pass Island to Cinq Cerf Bay (Fishing Area 11).

Season openings and closings (subject to change)

Season dates for the 2023-24 herring fishery are established for each fishing area through consultations with fishing industry representatives.

Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and Sharing Arrangements

The total allowable catch (TAC) for 2J3KLPs herring is set at 14,842 tonnes for 2023-2024, representing a rollover from 2021-2022. The TAC will be allocated to the respective quota areas and fleets according to existing sharing arrangements.

2023-2024 Allocations by Area
Stock Area Quotas (change from previous plan)
Labrador 600t (status quo)
White Bay/Notre Dame Bay 3,068t (status quo)
Bonavista Bay/Trinity Bay 6,290t (status quo)
Conception Bay/Southern Shore 945t (status quo)
St. Mary's Bay/Placentia Bay 2,250t (status quo)
Fortune Bay 1,189t (status quo)
Pass Island to Cinq Cerf Bay 500t (status quo)

Commercial quotas are allocated by area and gear type taking into consideration bait requirements in other fisheries and fleet shares which have been established through the advisory process. Quotas within each gear sector and area are fished competitively.

Management Measures

The minimum size limit for herring in 2023-2024 will be 21.31 cm.

The small fish tolerance is 20%.

Fishing Season Dates:

Bait Logbooks: It is mandatory for harvesters to return bait logbooks.

Fixed gear fishers are permitted to fish only in their Fishing Area of residence (any one area of Fishing Areas 1 to 11). Mobile gear operators who reside on the Northeast coast may fish in any of Fishing Areas 3 to 8 (Cape Bauld to Cape Race). Mobile gear fishers living on the Southeast coast may fish in Fishing Areas 9 and 10 (Cape Race to Point Crewe).

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 fishers, 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.

Fishers participating in the bait and commercial fisheries will be requested to provide information on their activities specific to Science program requirements.

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

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