Canada witch flounder (2J3KL, 3NO, 3Ps) - trawl

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Overview

The general purpose of the Canada witch flounder (stocks in NAFO divisions 2J3KL, 3NO & 3Ps) fishery improvement progam (FIP) process is to improve the likelihood that these Canadian offshore fisheries will pass a main assessment to receive MSC certification. Current markets for witch flounder include the USA for fillets and Asia for H&G, with future market opportunities in Europe. MSC certification will be key for future sales opportunities. The FIP endeavors to improve information about the stock assessment, recovery planning, and fishery information on both target and bycatch species.  Additional key goals for this FIP include habitat impact identification and improving management objectives and tools for the fishery.

There are small  directed quota fisheries for witch flounder in NAFO subareas 3NO and 3Ps. The fishery for the 2J3KL stock of witch flounder is currently in a moratorium.

The  Groundfish Enterprise  Allocation  Council  (GEAC) is an organization that represents the  >100’ groundfish license holders in Atlantic Canada. The membership of GEAC holds significant portions of the Canadian quotas for each of the three stock management unit allocations.  As the resource 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 issues of sustainability to be resolved prior to assessment against the performance indicators of the MSC assessment framework. 

FIP Description 

The general purpose of the Canada witch flounder (stocks in NAFO divisions 2J3KL, 3NO & 3Ps) fishery improvement progam (FIP) process is to improve the likelihood that these Canadian offshore fisheries will pass a main assessment to receive MS

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:

  • Establish LRPs for 3Ps stock.

  • Develop stock projection capability for all three stocks, confirm stock rebuilding times.

  • Develop stock assessment model for 3Ps stock.

  • Develop/ implement a formal harvest strategy for all stocks

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

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

  • Develop an integrated fishery management plan (IFMP) for the three witch flounder fisheries, addressing all elements for which PIs exist. 

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

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 3: FIP Implementation
Start and Projected End Dates
March 2017
December 2020
Next Progress Report Due 
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Species 
Common Name 
Witch Flounder
Scientific Name 
Glyptocephalus cynoglossus
Additional Names 
Greysole
Gear Type 
Bottom Trawl
Danish Seine
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Canada
Geographic Scope 
NAFO Subareas 2J3KL, NAFO Subareas 3NO, NAFO Subarea 3Ps
Country Flag of Vessel 
Canada
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
NAFO
Volume
FIP Volume 
1,102 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
1,825 metric tons
Volume Date 
April 2019
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FIP at a Glance

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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.
Apr 2019
Target End Date
Dec 2020

FIP Leads

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