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Data on lost gear reporting

In Canada, it is mandatory for all commercial harvesters to report their lost fishing gear to Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Lost gear reporting helps the Department and our partners locate and remove lost gear from Canadian waters and, in many cases, return the gear to its rightful owner. Lost gear reporting data also helps the Department to better target areas for ghost gear retrieval activities and find solutions to help prevent gear-loss in the future.

Lost gear reporting is a new requirement for harvesters; it became mandatory in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2018, and in all other areas in 2020. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is working with harvesters across the country to educate them on the new reporting requirements.

Lost gear reporting data in 2021-2022

Units and percentage of lost gear reports submitted by DFO Region in 2021-2022
Region Number of units Percentage of reports submitted
Newfoundland and Labrador 263 0.8%
Gulf 1889 24.9%
Maritimes 3857 29.1%
Quebec 4505 44.6%
Pacific 209 0.6%
Central & Arctic Regions 45 0%
Total 10,768 100%

Percentage of lost gear reports submitted by fishery in 2021-2022:Footnote *

  • Lobster – 80%
  • Crab – 18%
  • Prawn – 0.5%
  • Groundfish – 0.3%
  • Herring and mackerel – 0.2%
  • Northern Shrimp – 0%
  • Other – 1.0 %

Lost gear reporting data in 2020-2021

Units and percentage of lost gear reports submitted by DFO Region in 2020-2021
Region Number of units Percentage of reports submitted
Newfoundland and Labrador 232 0.4%
Gulf 2500 30.0%
Maritimes 2771 20.4%
Quebec 4975 48.2%
Pacific 579 1.0%
Total 11,057 100%

Percentage of lost gear reports submitted by fishery in 2020-2021:Footnote *

  • Lobster – 67%
  • Crab – 31%
  • Groundfish – 1.0%
  • Northern Shrimp – 1.0%
  • Prawn – 0%
  • Herring and mackerel – 0%
  • Other – 0 %
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