On May 9, The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced the multi-year management plan for some groundfish species in the Gulf of St. Lawrence Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) divisions 3Pn,4RST.
DFO also provided a reminder of previous total allowable catch (TAC) decisions for the groundfish species currently managed under a multi-year plan.
A yearly TAC of 3,185 tonnes for cod, will be established as of May 15, 2017 for a two-year period for cod 3Pn,4RS, representing an increase in keeping with the species’ rebuilding plan.
A yearly TAC of 500 tonnes for witch flounder and 300 tonnes for winter flounder will be established as of May 15, 2017 for a five-year period.
The American plaice 4T directed fishery will be closed as of May 15, 2017. The maximum allowable by-catch of American plaice in other directed groundfish fisheries will now be 10 per cent of the directed species. The existing TAC will be allocated as by-catch only.
|SPECIES||ANNUAL TAC||TIME PERIOD|
|American plaice (4T)||250 t||Closed|
|Cod (3Pn,4RS)||3,185 t||Until May 14, 2019|
|Cod (4TVn)||300 t||Closed|
|White hake (4T)||30 t||Closed|
|Winter flounder (4T)||300 t||Until May 14, 2022|
|Witch flounder (4RST)||500 t||Until May 14, 2022|
|Yellowtail flounder (4T)||225 t||Until May 14, 2021|