INACTIVE Canada redfish (Unit 3) - trawl

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Reason for Inactivity
  • At FIP's request


Redfish were designated threatened in 2010 but the stock is currently healthy after a decade of management within biological reference points. The fishery is managed with an integrated management plan for groundfish fisheries and overall is a near match to the MSC standard.  However, the fishery needs further improvement in its impacts on pollock, haddock, and other commercially fished species as well as benthic (seafloor dwelling) and endangered or threatened species caught in the bottom trawl gear. Fishery impacts on habitat and the ecosystem could also be better understood and mitigated.

The average size of redfish in the fishery catch-at-length has been increasing since 2011, and the percentage of immature fish (≤ 22 cm FL) in the catch-at-length has remained less than the 15% tolerance since 2014. The DFO Summer RV Survey results indicate that the total and mature Unit 3 Redfish biomass has remained relatively stable since 2018 at levels comparable to the 1990s. The mature biomass index has never fallen below the LRP, and the stock has been above the USR since 2004, indicating the stock is in the Heathy Zone (DFO 2021).

Since 2000 it has had a total allowable catch of 9000 tonnes. Total landings have generally been less than half this amount over the past 18 years (DFO 2019). The status of Unit 3 Redfish is determined solely by the mature biomass index generated from the annual DFO Summer RV Survey with complete coverage of the Unit 3 stock area (except in 2018). The fishery is managed by Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) under the latest version (2017) of the Groundfish Integrated Fishery Management Plan for the Maritimes Region.

FIP Description 

Redfish were designated threatened in 2010 but the stock is currently healthy after a decade of management within biological reference points.

FIP Objective(s) 

Improve the fishery’s management of ETP, habitat and its ecosystem impacts by May 2022.


FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 3: FIP Implementation
Start and Projected End Dates
August 2021
May 2022
Common Name 
Acadian Redfish
Scientific Name
Sebastes fasciatus
Gear Type 
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Geographic Scope 
Scotian shelf
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
1 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
3,587 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2020

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Tribune Seafood
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
David Kadlec
Organization Name 
Sustainability Incubator
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Alexander Ford
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