Canada Atlantic cod (3Ps) - longline/trawl/gillnet/hook & line

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Overview

The MSC certificate for this fishery was voluntarily suspended by certificate holders in light of recently renewed concerns about stock health resulting from changes in the ecosystem. The Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC), an industry association for offshore fishery companies in Canada, has subsequently initiated a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) that will be supported by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP). This FIP aims to complete an action plan that includes continued compliance with, and reporting on, all conditions associated with the suspended MSC certification and will serve to guide the fishery back to MSC certification as soon as possible. The FIP action plan will include improving the stock assessment model, gaining insight into the ecosystem drivers and exploring the role of discrete components in supporting the overall stock complex.

FIP Description 

The MSC certificate for this fishery was voluntarily suspended by certificate holders in light of recently renewed concerns about stock health resulting from changes in the ecosystem.

FIP Objective(s) 

The overall objective for this FIP is successful MSC re-certification of the fishery after improving aspects of fishery science and management. Individual FIP objectives expected to be achieved by December 2020 are:

  • Manage stock rebuilding until it is highly likely the stock is above the LRP.

  • Revise existing rebuilding plan and develop stock projection capability to confirm stock rebuilding time.

  • Improve the harvest strategy for the stock to effectively respond to the state of the stock.

  • Revise and test harvest control rules that are robust to main uncertainties.

  • Continue improvements identified in initial MSC certification conditions.

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 3: FIP Implementation
Start and Projected End Dates
May 2017
April 2021
Next Progress Report Due 
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Species 
Common Name 
Atlantic Cod
Scientific Name 
Gadus morhua
Gear Type 
Bottom Longline
Bottom Trawl
Gillnet
Hook & Line
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Canada
Geographic Scope 
Canada has 84.4% of the 3Ps cod TAC off southern Newfoundland
Country 
France
Geographic Scope 
France has 15.6% of the 3Ps cod TAC around St. Pierre and Miquelon
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
5,486 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
6,500 metric tons
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FIP at a Glance

7% 21% 71%
May 01, 2017
7% 29% 64%
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
C Some Recent 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.
Aug 2019
Target End Date
Apr 2021
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Atlantic Groundfish Council
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Kris Vascotto
Phone 
1-902-526-4582
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