Canada Atlantic cod (2J3KL) - longline/trawl/gillnet/hook & line

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Overview

The Canada Atlantic cod (2J3KL) longline, trawl, gillnet and hook & line FIP is led by the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC) and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP), with major retail funding from Marks & Spencer, Young's Seafood, Sysco France and High Liner Foods; and with in-kind support from Sustainable Fisheries Fund and Atlantic Canadian institutions including Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Memorial University, Dalhousie University and Ocean Tracking Network.

The FIP was launched in April 2015 with actions well underway on a number of fronts, assisted by a formal MSC Pre-Assessment that scopes out the challenges to be addressed in order to receive MSC certification. A DFO 2J3KL Cod Recovery Working Group was created in 2012 and includes representatives of all Stakeholders; the development of draft harvest control rules (HCR) is well advanced. An Integrated Fishery Management Plan (IFMP) is under development and should be completed in 2017. Much of the habitat and ecosystem information has already been assembled by FIP Participants, in part as evidence for the MSC certification of other directed fisheries in the same area (2J3KLNO). Coral and sponge concentrations have been identified using DFO’s research vessel surveys and formal peer-review processes.

FIP Description 

The Canada Atlantic cod (2J3KL) longline, trawl, gillnet and hook & line FIP is led by the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC) and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP), with major retail funding from Marks & Spencer, Youn

FIP Objective(s) 

The FIP objectives expected to be achieved by December 2021 are:

  • Develop better understanding of 2J3KL cod stock composition, migration patterns and the potential for variable exploitation rates, leading to improvements in stock assessment, conservation and management measures.

  • Develop, review and adopt a new stock assessment model

  • Develop an Request For Proposal to improve catch estimates

  • Design a Harvest Strategy for inclusion in the Integrated Fishery Management Plan (IFMP)

  • Design HCRs for eventual inclusion in the IFMP

  • Test draft HCRs for performance outcomes

  • Obtain and report on a profile of recent and premoratoria bycatches, by each gear sector

  • Develop an IFMP for the 2J3KL cod fisheries, addressing all elements for which PIs exist

  • Produce a fishery footprint relative to both sensitive and less sensitive benthic habitat.

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
February 2015
December 2021
Next Progress Report Due 
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Species 
Common Name 
Atlantic Cod
Scientific Name 
Gadus morhua
Additional Names 
Northern Cod
Gear Type 
Bottom Gillnet
Bottom Longline
Bottom Trawl
Hook & Line
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Canada
Country Flag of Vessel 
Canada
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
10,099 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
10,164 metric tons
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FIP at a Glance

7% 18% 75%
February 01, 2015
11% 32% 57%
Progress Rating

A - Advanced Progress
Reserved for comprehensive FIPs that have a Stage 4 or 5 result within the past 12 months.

B - Good Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 in more than 12 months AND Stage 3 activity in the last year; OR a basic FIP that has achieved Stage 4 or 5 achievements within the past 12 months.

C - Some Recent Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months but has not generated a Stage 3 result within the past 12 months OR a FIP younger than a year that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has completed a Stage 3 activity.

D - Some Past Progress
A FIP for which the most recent publicly reported Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 30) months.

E - Negligible Progress
A FIP older than a year that has not reported a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 30 month (but less than 36) months; OR a FIP younger than 1 year that has not reported a Stage 3 activity.

The ratings are currently derived by SFP from publicly available data on FIP websites, including FisheryProgress.org, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
A Advanced Progress
Actions Complete
  • Complete
  • Incomplete
Next Update Due FisheryProgress requires a FIP to provide update reports every six months, and two missed reports will render the FIP inactive. If a report is overdue, this date will appear red.
Dec 2018
Target End Date
Dec 2021
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Association of Seafood Producers
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Derek Butler
Phone 
(709) 726-3730
Organization Name 
Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Kris Vascotto
Phone 
(902) 526-4582
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