Summary of 2016 survey results

Section 1

Implementation of the Fishery Decision-Making Framework Incorporating the Precautionary Approach (called the Precautionary Approach Policy)

The results show that elements of the Precautionary Approach Policy – reference points and harvest control rules - have been put in place for many of the 170 stocks, but not yet for all of the stocks. The following are a few highlights:

Some of the questions in this section are used to report on indicators in the Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators report.

Section 2

The Status of Integrated Fishery Management Plans

The results show that 72% (122 of 170) of the 170 stocks are part of an Integrated Fisheries Management Plan (IFMP) and the fisheries on these stocks are managed using the IFMP. Currently, there are 59 IFMPs covering 122 stocks. In some cases, IFMPs need to be updated. In the absence of an IFMP, some of the stocks are managed using other types of fishery management plans, such as a Conservation Harvesting Plan.

Implementation of the Policy for Managing Bycatch

The results show that elements of the Policy for Managing Bycatch have been implemented in some of the fisheries on the 170 stocks but that this policy has not been fully implemented. The following are a few highlights:

Retained Bycatch

Non-retained Bycatch

Species at Risk

The results show that fisheries on 63% (106 of 170) of the stocks interact with aquatic species listed under the Species at Risk Act. Where interactions do occur, fishery management measures to mitigate the risks to these species are in place in fisheries on 95% (101 of 106) of these stocks.