Canada redfish (Unit 1 & 2) - trawl

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Overview

Fishery Improvement Projects provide an opportunity to improve and document information and management of fisheries not yet eligible to receive sustainability certifications.

The  Groundfish Enterprise  Allocation Council (GEAC) is an organization that represents the  >100’ groundfish license holders in Atlantic Canada. The membership of GEAC holds almost 80% of the quotas for each of the two management units.  As the fishery recovers from historic lows, the importance of a sustainable economic development of this expanding resource has never been higher. This FIP is a forum to plan for any sustainability issues to be resolved prior to assessment against the performance indicators of the MSC assessment framework.  

FIP Description 

Fishery Improvement Projects provide an opportunity to improve and document information and management of fisheries not yet eligible to receive sustainability certifications.

FIP Objective(s) 

The overall objective for this FIP is successful MSC certification of the fishery - individual FIP objectives expected to be achieved by December 2020 are:

  • Confirm on-going changes to stock status.

  • Develop stock projection capability for both species in both units, confirm stock rebuilding timeframes.

  • Develop/ implement a formal harvest strategy for stocks and species.

  • Develop harvest control rules that are robust to main uncertainties.

  • Implement commercial sampling program to collect and identify species mix in catch.

  • Update existing or select new assessment model which considers main uncertainties and is capable of evaluating harvest strategy and harvest control rule options.

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

  • Develop an integrated fishery management plan (IFMP) for the Unit 1 and 2 redfish fisheries, addressing all elements for which PIs exist. 

  • Develop fishery-specific objectives and incorporate them into IFMP.

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
April 2018
December 2020
Next Progress Report Due 
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Species 
Common Name 
Acadian Redfish
Scientific Name 
Sebastes fasciatus
Common Name 
Deepwater Redfish
Scientific Name 
Sebastes mentella
Gear Type 
Bottom Trawl
Midwater Trawl
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Canada
Country 
France
Geographic Scope 
3.6% Allocation in Unit 2
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
10,500 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
10,500 metric tons
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FIP at a Glance

14% 86%
April 01, 2018
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
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.
Feb 2020
Target End Date
Dec 2020

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Atlantic Groundfish Council
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Kris Vascotto
Phone 
(902) 526-4582
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