Sudden Shift in DFO’s Scientific Interpretation of NL South Coast Cod Stock Could Have A Concerning Ripple Effect on Industry and Communities

Year-round harvesters remain committed to resource sustainability and reducing catch as necessary, but are raising concerns with drastic changes in approach in new assessment model (January 8, 2020 – St. John’s, NL) – Today, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) held a technical briefing on the latest science assessment for the 3Ps cod stock, […]

BACKGROUNDER: Concerns with Sudden Shift in 3Ps Cod Assessment Model

Limit Reference Point (LRP) and the Precautionary Approach Framework To understand the issues with the sudden shift in interpretation of science, it is important to know what the Limit Reference Point is, and how it fits into the Precautionary Framework’s Critical, Cautious and Healthy Zones. Uncertainty of the new 3Ps stock assessment model The health […]

Canadian Industry Partnership Obtains Important MSC Sustainability Certification for Greenland Halibut (Turbot) Fishery

Canadian Industry Partnership Obtains Important MSC Sustainability Certification for Greenland Halibut (Turbot) Fishery Certification means greater market access & benefits for Canada’s Atlantic and Arctic fisheries Dec 5, 2019 – St. John’s, NL, Canada – Today, four leading Canadian industry associations, together with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), announced that products from the Canadian Greenland […]

$8.5M Northern Cod Acoustic Tracking Project will identify and address gaps in understanding of Northern Cod stock

Financial support from industry, academia, government and international customers demonstrate the importance of the project and valuable results it will generate. (September 10, 2019 – St. John’s, NL) – Today, the Association of Seafood Producers and Atlantic Groundfish Council announced an $8.5 Million Northern Cod Acoustic Tracking (NCAT) Project. The NCAT project, is part of […]

BACKGROUNDER – Northern Cod Acoustic Tracking Project

Northern Cod Acoustic Tracking (NCAT) Project In 2017, the Northern Cod Acoustic Tracking (NCAT) project commenced Phase 2 of the ASP-AGC FIP research plan to design an acoustic array, acquire acoustic tags and receivers and plan for the deployment of this gear to monitor movement of cod on a multi-year basis. With key funding provided […]

BACKGROUNDER – Association of Seafood Producers-Atlantic Groundfish Council Fisheries Improvement Project

Fishery Improvement Projects When a fish population is not at a level where it can be certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) provide a clear workplan that leads to the development and implementation of a more sustainable fishery. In some cases, this work may include achieving better population […]

Atlantic Groundfish Council proposes a simple, predictable and patient approach to Northern Cod catch limits

(April 11, 2019 – St. John’s, NL) – This week, the Atlantic Groundfish Council submitted a proposal for the Northern Cod (2J3KL) Stewardship Fishery that would provide predictability for fishery participants and signal to world markets that Canada is committed to the sustainable recovery of the iconic stock. In past years when assessments predicted modest […]

Atlantic Groundfish Council emphasizes the need for patience following the 2019 Northern Cod stock assessment

(April 2, 2019 – St. John’s, NL) – The industry group that represents year-round groundfish harvesters across Atlantic Canada is encouraged by the recent Northern Cod (2J3KL) stock assessment update from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). “The Atlantic Groundfish Council has a maintained an unwavering commitment to the return of a strong and […]

DFO decision on south coast cod fishery is consistent with principles of sustainable fisheries resource management and protects market access

(January 11, 2018 – St. John’s, NL) – Today, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced the closure of the 3Ps cod fishery (off the South Coast of Newfoundland) to the inshore fleet for the 2018-2019 season. The inshore sector has landed over 99% of its allocated catch and is expected to reach its […]