INACTIVE Canada Lake Erie rainbow smelt - trawl

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Reason for Inactivity
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  • The Lake Erie Rainbow Smelt fishery is voluntarily inactivating its FIP until the MSC has completed its review of forage related sections in the Fisheries Standard.
  • Overview

    The Ontario Commercial Fisheries' Association (OCFA), Great Lakes Food Company Ltd. (GLFC), Presteve Foods Limited (PFL) and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) are leading a cooperative initiative to begin preparations for the eventual MSC certification of the bottom trawl fishery for rainbow smelt in Lake Erie. A MSC pre-assessment was completed in late 2017.

    FIP Description 

    The Ontario Commercial Fisheries' Association (OCFA), Great Lakes Food Company Ltd.

    FIP Objective(s) 

    The overall objective is to prepare the fishery for full MSC assessment by April 2024. Management outcome objectives are as follows:

    • Harvest strategy with harvest control rules established (May 2019 to April 2024)
    • Monitoring and assessment of the target stock improved (May 2019 to April 2024)
    • Fishery impacts managed to minimize risk to the ecosystem (May 2019 to April 2024)
    • Fishery-specific management objectives relating to healthy stocks and minimization of environmental impacts in place (May 2020 to April 2023)
    • Decision-making processes strengthened with a clearer scientific basis (May 2021 to April 2024)
    • Performance evaluation of the management system in place (May 2021 to April 2024)
    FIP Type 
    FIP Stage 
    Stage 3: FIP Implementation
    Common Name 
    Rainbow Smelt
    Scientific Name
    Osmerus mordax
    Gear Type 
    Exclusive Economic Zones
    Geographic Scope 
    Ontario waters of Lake Erie

    FIP Leads

    Organization Name 
    Ontario Commercial Fisheries' Association (OCFA)
    Organization Type 
    Primary Contact 
    Jane Graham
    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.