New England silver hake - trawl

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The New England whiting fishery is a small mesh trawl fishery. The FIP will help to reduce bycatch of flatfish, haddock and cod. 

The whiting stock has recovered from overfishing and currently has a low probability of overfishing.  Silver Dollar Seafood and others support progress on Amendment 22 (A22) to the Small-mesh Multispecies Fishery Management Plan, which is meant to establish the whiting fishery as a limited access fishery.  It will put a cap on the number of participants in the fishery and is being taken up as a way to reduce bycatch, make the fishery more easily manageable, and reduce the future risk of overfishing.

The fishery is managed and assessed in context of multispecies and multi-gear fisheries targeting silver hake and uncertainties and challenges facing the stock assessment have been considered (Helser and Alavade 2012).  Corrective management measures are initiated through annual quota limitations in U.S. waters.  Boats can fish for whiting with small mesh (3"), but smaller mesh is penalized with much smaller catch limits.  Use of larger mesh gear is encouraged so juveniles can escape. The FIP will promote bycatch reduction measures and encourage incentives (higher trip limits, permission to fish in the northern area) for vessels using larger mesh sizes to improve selectivity.

The New England whiting fishery is a small mesh trawl fishery. The FIP will help to reduce bycatch of flatfish, haddock and cod. 

FIP Objective(s) 

By 2018:

1. Reduce discards in the whiting fishery by adding haddock to the New England bycatch avoidance program operated by Cornell cooperative extension.

2. Reduce bycatch of flatfish, haddock and cod with a rule to use big mesh belly panels and / or raised footrope trawls for permission to fish for whiting in the northern area.

 

FIP Type 
Basic
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
July, 2015
December, 2018
Next Progress Report Due 
Monday, April 30, 2018
Species 
Common Name 
Silver Hake
Scientific Name 
Merluccius bilinearis
Additional Names 
Whiting
Gear Type 
Bottom Trawl
Midwater Trawl
Trawl
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
United States of America (the)
Country Flag of Vessel 
United States of America (the)
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
6,000 metric tons
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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
B Good 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 2018
Target End Date
Dec 2018

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Silver Dollar Seafood
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Dan Farnham
Organization Name 
Sustainability Incubator
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Katrina Nakamura
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