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Status Quo for 2022/23 Unit 1 Redfish TAC

Industry Waiting for Minister’s Decision on Future Quota Allotments   Unless the scientific advice says otherwise, it will be status quo for the 2022/23 Unit 1 redfish total allowable catch (TAC). “The index fishery was maintained at 2,000 metric tonnes and the experimental fishery quota was set at 2,500 tonnes with the understanding that the experimental quota may increase, but only under science approval,” said Victoria Waizmann, media relations with the Department of ...

Unit 1 Redfish Access and Allocation Decisions Expected in 2022

Who’s going to get how much of the anticipated Unit 1 redfish bonanza in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is expected to be announced in early 2022 by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). “The Department launched formal consultations with stakeholders on September 15 and 16 to help determine access and allocation for the potential fishery. Meeting participants were provided with a questionnaire that is to be submitted to the department by November 29, 2021. To supplement the questionnaire, the ...

Fishery Squabble has Industry Players Seeing Red

Dispute Growing Over Allocation of Unit 1 Redfish It was inevitable that the interest in the growing redfish stock in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and portions of the Cabot Strait would continue to increase. It was also inevitable that competing groups for the potentially lucrative fishery would start drawing proverbial lines in the sand. Over the last few years, many facets of the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry have been quietly whispering and speculating on the growing redfish popula...

Offshore Redfish Fishery Provides Essential Stability for Canadians

Canadians need stability now more than ever. Stable jobs and strong economic drivers are necessary to the recovery of our small, rural and coastal communities. The Canadian fish and seafood industry is able to promise this essential prosperity to thousands of Canadians just like it has been doing for decades, and it is important that we protect that stability at this critical time. Recently, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers union (FFAW) called on Fisheries and Oceans Canada to suspend ...

Existing Atlantic Sharing Arrangement Not Only Represents Historical Attachment to Unit 1 Redfish, but it Encouraged Big Investments

Above photo: MV Calvert   In order to properly manage any fishery, you must be able to assess how many fish there are and how many fish can be removed sustainably. You must also have the ability to measure the impact of those removals and adjust accordingly. Although the assessment part is certainly challenging, surprisingly the most difficult part of our current fisheries management system is not determining how many fish you can remove, instead it is the decision on who gets ...

Interest in Unit 1 Redfish Experimental Fishery Growing

Biomass at Highest Observed Level Since 1984 A total of 13 projects from Atlantic Canada and Quebec have been approved for the Unit 1 redfish 2021/22 experimental fishery. Last season (2020/21), only four vessels participated in the experimental fishery and seven in the index fishery for a total of 11 vessels. “The number of vessels that will be active in the 2021/22 experimental fishery for Unit 1 depends on whether the 13 successful project proponents for the experimental fishery ...

Redfish Biomass in Gulf Unprecedented

The biomass of the two redfish species combined accounted for 90 per cent of the total biomass of all captured organisms in the 2019 research survey conducted by federal fisheries scientists in the Estuary and northern Gulf of St. Lawrence. “This relative biomass of redfish is unprecedented and could have important ecological impacts on other species,” reads the latest DFO stock assessment on redfish species sebastes mentella and sebastes fasciatus. By comparison, the biomass of the ...

Putting the ‘Fisher’ Back Into Fisheries Science

Scientists Reaching Out in Two Key Atlantic Fisheries: Units 1 and 2 Redfish and Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Cod   One of the key challenges facing fisheries management is that of establishing effective communication between fishermen, scientists and decision-makers. It is no secret that scientists aren’t always successful in communicating their results. Indeed, the frustrations of stakeholders are often hard to hide. For fisheries management, however, poor communication can be ...

Redfish Rebound Continuing in The Gulf

Unit 1 Stock up 20 Per Cent in One Year Redfish are making a comeback in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with estimates the stock has reached three million tonnes in Unit 1, an increase of 20 per cent in one year. “It’s a very impressive situation. It’s not something we see often,” said DFO biologist Caroline Senay. “It’s maybe not a good story for Northern shrimp, but overall you cannot be unhappy a fish that was almost gone is coming back.” Under moratorium since the 1990s, ...

Experimental Redfish Fishery Brings Hope to Gulf of St. Lawrence Harvesters

Along with other species of groundfish, redfish is a species that is making its comeback in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Redfish is a lesser known species, but it meant a lot to our communities in the 80s and 90s for fishermen and plant workers alike. It’s also a promising opportunity for fish harvesters like myself who have been badly impacted by the declines in the Northern shrimp fishery. It was the good signs of recruitment that led me to reach out to the FFAW with an idea to prepare ...