SNOW CRAB ZONE 12
CANADA | Gulf of St. Lawrence
FAO Fishing Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)
Pot /Trap Gear
New Brunswick and Quebec Seafood Processors and Fishermen Associations are actively involved in pilot and sea trial of new and emerging technologies for the reduction of entanglement of right whales in snow crab fishing gear in Gulf of St. Lawrence and surrounding areas.
Offering sustainable seafood to the consumer is important for us and to do so, our fishermen and processors made possible to achieve MSC certification in 2012.
In 2018 and 2019, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of the Gulf of St. Lawrence Canadian snow crab trap fishery is suspended due to NARW mortalities.
We take what happens to the Right Whale seriously. Already in 2017, a dedicated group made of our fisherman, scientist, engineers and others are actively and urgently trying to find solutions to this emergent problem mainly caused by climate change.
We rapidly understood that our snow crab fishery and industry now depends on avoiding entanglements of any species, but specifically NARW and to do so, fishery management reforms and alternative gear is the key.
Along with the fishery management reforms aligned by the Canadian Government, we have put in place several trials of different type of weak link and ropeless gear in the last years as we consider urgent to see ropeless commercial fishing going on here in Canada in the close future.
We took the opportunity to be a leader in getting this type of gear off the shelf and into the water. Our success could set the precedent for other fisheries grappling with whale (and other species) entanglement problems.
We realize that our fisheries's pro activity is in fact the basis of what is called a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) and our primary goal is to make a difference in being an active leader toward sustainable fisheries in this climate change era .
Through this ordeal, an incredible collaboration is taking place between the different fisherman associations and processors from Quebec and New Brunswick.
We are confident that our unified and combined effort is the key to improvements to endangered, threatened, and protected (ETP) species impacts in the Gulf of St. Lawrence snow crab fishery and effective work to reduce risk to NARW.
That is what our Fishery Improvement Project is all about, welcome.
A fishery improvement project is a multistakeholder effort to address environmental challenges in a fishery. These projects utilize the power of the private sector to incentivize positive changes toward sustainability in the fishery and seek to make these changes endure through policy change.
The goal of this Fishery Improvement Project is to help the fishery make the environmental and management changes necessary that allow it to reinstate a full assessment against a standard for sustainable fisheries.
This FIP will cover improvements to endangered, threatened, and protected (ETP) species impacts in the Gulf of St. Lawrence snow crab fishery to mitigate the risk to NARW and other ETP species, while maintaining a sustainable Canadian seafood industry.
Since 2019 , none of the whales found dead seam to be attributable to fishers. Following 2020 snow crab fishing season, no entanglements or deaths have been reported.
As of 26 January 2021, 14 mother-calf pairs have been sighted in the calving grounds of the southeastern U.S. (SEUS) There are additional potential moth
SFP is a marine conservation nonprofit dedicated to helping the seafood supply chain function in as environmentally-friendly a fashion as possible. We do this by approaching industry stakeholders, alerting them to sustainability problems within the supply chain, and making it easy for them to make positive changes; our Target 75 initiative is challenging the global seafood industry to work toward the goal of seeing 75 percent of the world’s seafood by volume produced in a manner that can be labeled sustainable or improving toward sustainability.
The New England Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Programs aim to protect the world’s ocean resources by raising public awareness and by working with the seafood industry to advance sustainable practices within wild-capture fisheries and aquaculture operations.
Industry partnerships. We increase responsible seafood sourcing by working through seafood supply chains.
We understand Retailers, Brokers and Distributors wish to supply themselves from sustainable and responsible fisheries, that is why we are actively in a FIP that has definitive and ambitious goals, measurable metrics, and time bound milestones.
Our primary goal is to make a difference. Thank you for supporting us.