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 Atlantic Groundfish Council (AGC) 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 members continue to advocate a ‘go slow’ precautionary approach to setting catch limits for this recovering stock.  Examples of our public position on this issue can be seen in recent media communications, (see ‘Background on Atlantic Groundfish Council Northern Cod Position_Mar 2019’ under the Additional Supporting Documentation link in the Detail Tab).

FIP Description 

The Canada Atlantic cod (2J3KL) longline, trawl, gillnet and hook & line FIP is led by the Atlantic Groundfish Council (AGC) and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP), with major retail funding from Marks & Spencer, Young's Seafood, S

FIP Objective(s) 

The FIP objectives expected to be achieved by December 2025 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 2025
Update 
The FIP end date has been changed to December 2025, to recognize the likely time-frame of the Northern Cod Acoustic Tracking project to collect necessary cod tracking data to produce preliminary results.
Next Progress Report Due 
Saturday, December 31, 2022
Species 
Common Name 
Atlantic Cod
Scientific Name
Gadus morhua
Gear Type 
Bottom Gillnet
Bottom Longline
Bottom Trawl
Hook & Line
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Canada
Geographic Scope 
Canadian EEZ
Country Flag of Vessel 
Canada
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
10,104 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
10,104 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2020
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FIP at a Glance

7% 93%
February 01, 2015
11% 32% 57%
Progress Rating (A) Advanced Progress

Reserved for comprehensive FIPs that have achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result within the past 12 months.

(B) Good Progress

A basic FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result within 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 AND has reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
  • A FIP younger than 12 months that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has reported a Stage 3 activity within the first 12 months.
(D) Some Past Progress
  • A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months BUT has not reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
  • A FIP for which the most recent Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 36) months old AND a Stage 3 activity has been reported within six months.
  • A FIP 12-36 months old that has never reported a Stage 4 or 5 result AND has reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
(E) Negligible Progress
  • A FIP for which the most recent Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 36) months old, with no Stage 3 activity reported in the last six months.
  • A FIP younger than 12 months with no Stage 3 activity reported within 12 months.
  • A FIP 12-36 months old that has never reported a Stage 4 or 5 result AND has not reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.

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

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  • 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 2022
Target End Date
Dec 2025
Additional Impacts:
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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 
Atlantic Groundfish Council
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Kris Vascotto
Phone 
(902) 526-4582
FIP Identification Number The FIP Identification Number is automatically generated by FisheryProgress when a FIP profile is created. While the number itself is not meaningful, they are used by NGOs, academia, and industry to refer to FIPs in a consistent way.
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