WWF and FFAW Release Northern Cod Plan

WWF-Canada and Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) released their action plan today for rebuilding northern cod in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The comprehensive action plan is a milestone in a fishery improvement project (FIP) run by WWF-Canada and FFAW-Unifor on the northern cod (NAFO divisions 2J3KL) stewardship fishery operating in the inshore, a press release stated. The FIP will implement improvement measures that will ensure continued sustainability once the stock has grown to levels that support a full commercial fishery.

The FIP action plan includes:

  • The development of a rebuilding plan with timelines, biologically based reference points and harvest-control rules.
  • An estimate of the recreational cod-fishery catch.
  • Analysis of the type and amount of bait needed for the 2J3KL fishery.
  • Regular monitoring of ecosystem impacts, including potential bycatch of endangered, threatened and protected species.

The action plan:

  • Was prepared by an independent consultant to meet the guidelines for comprehensive FIPs of WWF and the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions.
  • Contains timelines and 17 improvement measures for the fishery.
  • Will be implemented over the next five years with annual progress assessments.

The action plan is the result of a September stakeholders meeting that included:

  • Harvesters operating vessels below 40-feet in length and longer than 40-feet
  • Fogo Island Co-operative Society Ltd.
  • Seafood Processors of Newfoundland and Labrador Inc.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council
  • Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Marine Stewardship Council
  • The Association of Seafood Producers

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