Fishery Notice

Category(s):
ABORIGINAL - General Information
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COMMERCIAL - Groundfish Trawl
COMMERCIAL - Groundfish: Halibut
COMMERCIAL - Groundfish: Other Hook and Line
COMMERCIAL - Groundfish: Rockfish Hook and Line
COMMERCIAL - Groundfish: Sablefish
COMMERCIAL - Groundfish: Sablefish Seamount
COMMERCIAL - Herring - Roe: Gill Net
COMMERCIAL - Herring - Roe: Seine
COMMERCIAL - Herring - Roe: Test Fishery
COMMERCIAL - Herring Special Use
COMMERCIAL - Herring: Food and Bait
COMMERCIAL - Herring: Spawn on Kelp
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Abalone
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Clam - Intertidal
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Clam - Razor
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Crab
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Crab - Tanner
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Euphausiid
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Geoduck and Horseclam
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Goose Barnacle
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Octopus by Trap
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Oyster
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Prawn and Shrimp by Trap
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Scallop by Trawl
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Sea Cucumber
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Sea Urchin - Green
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Sea Urchin - Red
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Shrimp Trawl
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Squid - Neon Flying
COMMERCIAL - Pelagics: Anchovy
COMMERCIAL - Pelagics: Eulachon
COMMERCIAL - Pelagics: Mackerel
COMMERCIAL - Pelagics: Perch
COMMERCIAL - Pelagics: Sardine (Pilchard)
COMMERCIAL - Pelagics: Smelt
COMMERCIAL - Pelagics: Tuna
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Gill Net
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Gill Net - Test Fishery
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Seine
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Seine - Test Fishery
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Troll
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Troll - Test Fishery
RECREATIONAL - General Information
Subject:
FN0947-Reinstatement of the At-Sea Observer Program for Option A Receiving Tank Trawl Vessels on September 23, 2020


In order to align with the Government of Canada response to the COVID-19 global health pandemic, the Department issued a Fishery Management Order (FMO 2020 01), on April 2, 2020, temporarily suspending the At-Sea Observer Program (ASOP) for 45 days. A conditional resumption of the ASOP under a new FMO 2020 03 was issued on May 15, 2020 and  was subsequently renewed for 45 days, until August 12, 2020 inclusively. 

Following consultations with stakeholders, harvesters are hereby notified that Fisheries and Oceans Canada will begin a two-phased transition plan to fully reinstate the ASOP on Option A trawl vessels consistent with pre-COVID-19 monitoring requirements. 

Phase One: For trips starting on or after September 23, 2020, all vessels fishing under the groundfish trawl Option A licence conditions with a receiving tank (RTV) will be required to carry an at-sea observer and electronic monitoring system. Please refer to Appendix 8, Sections 1.10 and 13.3.1 of the Groundfish IFMP for a summary of groundfish trawl monitoring requirements.

Phase Two: All Option A bottom-trawl vessels will be required to carry at-sea observers. More information will be provided in a subsequent fishery notice in late September 2020.  

A phased approach is aimed to allow sufficient time for the ASOP service provider, Archipelago Marine Research (AMR), to meet staffing requirements and complete observer training, as well as provide a two-week period for option A bottom-trawl vessels and AMR to ensure safe work protocols and procedures (consistent with the Provincial Health Authority COVID-19 guidelines) are in place to accommodate the required at-sea observers. 
Until notified by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) via Fishery Notice, the Emergency Electronic Monitoring (EM) Pilot Program for At-sea Monitoring in response to COVID-19 (FN0379) will continue to be in place for Option A vessels. 

The Emergency EM Pilot Program includes:
a. The use of a functioning EM system from Archipelago Marine Research
b. Retain all rockfish catch for validation during offload
c. Hail out as a "Shoreside hake" trip
d. Vessel master includes in the comment section that the vessel is an "Option A trip"
e. Shall limit the vessel to fishing three of the following six management areas during a single trip (3C, 3D, 5A, 5B, 5C, 5D, 5E).

When at-sea observer services are required, all trawl harvesters and ASOP service providers will be expected to follow all applicable provincial COVID-19 guidelines. For trawl vessels to accommodate an at-sea observer, the vessel shall have safe work protocols and procedures in place that are consistent with Provincial Health Authority guidelines. These safe work protocols and procedures shall be available for inspection by the service provider and DFO. The service provider may refuse to provide ASOP services if these protocols and procedures are deemed to be inconsistent with the Provincial Health Authority guidelines. A vessel will not be permitted to fish until there is an at-sea observer onboard. It is only in exceptional circumstances that a vessel will be permitted  to fish without an at-sea observer. In these instances, alternative mitigating management measures will be required.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will continue to monitor the situation closely and take appropriate actions, as may be required. The decision to reinstate the program was discussed with key industry stakeholders, and aims to balance the safety of at-sea observers with the need to maintain reliable catch monitoring data.


Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) - Information for Industry

Canadian fisheries and aquaculture sectors provide the world with sustainably-sourced, high quality, high value, fish and seafood.

Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard is committed to supporting our fisheries and aquaculture industry during these difficult times. The Government of Canada is taking the necessary steps to ensure that you can continue to operate safely and effectively and we will continue to keep you informed of the latest developments.

Visit our website to find out more: 
http://dfo-mpo.gc.ca/covid19/industry-industrie/index-eng.html
The 24 hour toll-free phone-in line for fisheries notices is 1-866-431-3474.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Deirdre Finn
Trawl Coordinator
email: Deirdre.finn@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Phone: 236-330-4139

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0947
Sent September 9, 2020 at 1630