Species and Area
Total Allowable Catch (TAC) in Northern Shrimp Fishing Areas (SFAs) 0, 1 and 7.
Dates of season (subject to change)
SFA 0, 1 and 7 operate on a calendar year (January 1 –December 31).
Total Allowable Catches and Sharing Arrangements (if applicable)
The 2012 quotas are:
SFA 0: 500t
SFA 1: 12,750t*
SFA 7: 10,000t**
* The Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization’s (NAFO) Scientific Council has recommended that the TAC for Division 0A east of 60°30W be reduced from 120,000t to 90,000t. Canada’s share (17% of the offshore portion) is fished in SFA 1. Individual shares to stakeholders in this SFA will remain at 2004-2008 levels, with the understanding that should the Canadian share of 12,750t be reached, the fishery will be closed.
**The TAC in Division 3L for 2012 was set by NAFO at 12,000t, down from 19,200t in 2011. Canada’s portion (83.3%) of this quota, fished in SFA 7, has been reduced accordingly.
Currently a review of Northern shrimp is underway, which will examine if the departmental tools, policies and methodologies used to allocated reductions in 2011 were appropriately applied. Given that this fishery operates on a calendar year, and pending the results of the review, interim quotas for SFA 7 are required, as follows:
2012 Interim TAC(t)
Offshore Licence Holders: 1,000
PEI Consortium: 750
Miawpukek First Nation: 375
Once the review is complete and the results discussed by the Northern Shrimp Advisory Committee, the final TAC will be announced.
No new management measures for 2012.