(1) OF THE FISHERY (GENERAL) REGULATIONS, THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS ARE SPECIFIED FOR PERSON(S) FISHING UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF SWORDFISH LICENCE NO. Advis. Specifically, ICCAT requirements, the International Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, by-catch guidelines and the IPOA on Capacity, Sharks, and Seabirds under the auspices of the United Nations FAO, the Oceans Act, and the Species at Risk Act are relevant to these fisheries and gear types, and especially to the swordfish longline fishery, which is less selective with regard to incidental catch. The swordfish longline licences are able to fish with harpoon gear. Tactics may be specified for the duration of the plan, or they may require regular intervention to set appropriate levels. The ICCAT SCRS completes a full scientific evaluation of the swordfish and other tunas on a regularly scheduled basis, generally conducted every 3-4 years. ), Note: Elements associated with culture, sustenance and prosperity are provisional and at present are being applied only in fisheries management. Leatherbacks are the most vulnerable of all Atlantic sea turtles to entanglement in fishing gear such as pelagic longlines, fixed pot gear and gillnets, buoy anchor lines, and other ropes and cables. In 1999, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) adopted a voluntary IPOA for Reducing Incidental Catch of Seabirds in Longline Fisheries with the objective of encouraging countries to adopt national plans to reduce seabird by-catches where this was thought necessary. Given that no known or active fisheries were thought likely to destroy critical habitat for the Northern Bottlenose Whale, the Recovery Strategy did not list fishing activities as âactivities likely to destroy critical habitat.â Direct interactions between species at risk and activities including fisheries are typically dealt with under the general prohibition of SARA (s. 32), which prohibits the harm, harassment, capture, kill or take of species at risk, either purposefully or incidentally. Since 2000 the Department facilitated a transfer process to provide First Nations with Swordfish licenses. Under EAM, management planning within the Region will be guided by three ecosystem objectives: It is impractical to pursue conservation in isolation from the economic, social and cultural aspirations of users, and these must be recognized in any plan if it is to be successful. Found 1 sentences matching phrase "Nova Scotia Swordfish Fishermen's Association".Found in 1 ms. For a general description of strategies and tactics in the context of the EAM framework, see Appendix 1. This sub-group is made up of a select number of large pelagic fleet representatives including representatives from both the swordfish pelagic longline and harpoon fleets. Other existing closures that are in place in the swordfish fishery for oceanic considerations include: Bluefin Exclusion Zone closed to longline gear Aug. 1 - Dec. 31; the Swordfish Broodstock Closure to harpoon gear Sept. 1 - Dec. 31; and a closure of the Hell Hole to longline gear annually from July 1 - November 30. WHEN FISHING THIS LICENCE WITH PELAGIC LONGLINE GEAR, THE LICENCE HOLDER/OPERATOR IS AUTHORIZED TO RETAIN AN INCIDENTAL CATCH OF SHARK, EXCEPT WHITE SHARK (CARCHARODON CARCHARIAS). First attention will be given to impacts of the highest importance and offering the greatest scope for improvement. A status update on the actions taken with regard to sharks since the 2007 report is expected to be completed by the summer of 2012. An extensive PSAT research program began in 2005 with effort concentrated in the Georges Bank area. WHEN THE LICENCE HOLDER/OPERATOR IS REQUIRED TO TAKE AN OBSERVER (AT-SEA) NO PERSON SHALL DEPART FROM PORT FOR A FISHING TRIP UNTIL THE AT-SEA OBSERVER IS ON BOARD THE VESSEL. Table 11 presents income dependency information from the perspective of the port of landing. Sci. Canada is one of 48 Contracting Parties at ICCAT. Dockside Monitoring Program (DMP): A monitoring program that is conducted by a company that has been designated by the Department, which verifies the species composition and landed weight of all fish landed from a commercial fishing vessel. Evaluation also involves assessing whether the plan identifies and addresses all the important impacts on the ecosystem. Existing and proposed marine protected areas provide the foundation for building the national network of marine protected areas, which will be composed of a number of bioregional networks of marine protected areas. Res. Within the country allocations: Swordfish harvesters whose home port is Mitchell Bay, East Port Hebert, and Abbottâs Harbour (100%), Port Maitland (73%), and Clam Point (51%), show the greatest dependency on swordfish. Strategies define how the pressures imposed by human activities will be managed. Thatâs not necessarily a good thing. Observer coverage was then shifted as required to ensure that all areas were adequately covered. Control unintended incidental mortality for all species. BLUEFIN TUNA AND OTHER TUNA LICENCES ARE CONSIDERED TO BE FISHED CONCURRENTLY WHEN THE LICENCE HOLDER/OPERATOR HAS HAILED OUT ON BOTH LICENCES PRIOR TO COMMENCING A FISHING TRIP. During the period 2006-2009, Skipjack tuna exports from Atlantic Region were evidently based on imported raw materials that are, in turn, exported after processing. The full framework is available upon request. In 2001 and 2002, the Nova Scotia Swordfishermenâs Association (NSSA) obtained funding through Environment Canadaâs Habitat Stewardship Fund to pay for increased observer coverage to determine the extent and possible means for mitigation of sea turtle by-catch by their fleet. Tactical management measures are âhowâ the strategies will be implemented to manage the pressures imposed by fishery activities. THE LICENCE HOLDER/OPERATOR IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE DOCUMENT PURSUANT TO THE INSTRUCTIONS CONTAINED WITHIN THE DOCUMENT, AND SUPPLY THE OBSERVER (DOCKSIDE) AT THE END OF EACH FISHING TRIP WITH THE ORIGINAL COPY OF ALL MONITORING DOCUMENTS. The harpoon is a primitive, precise weapon that would seem to have had its moment. In a sacred town, the most colorful Hindu celebration takes on extra meaning. Overall, this port of landing did not depend significantly on tuna landings for its revenues. Science uses discard information recorded by observers to determine estimates of discards, dead or alive within and across fisheries. IF IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO REMOVE THE HOOK, CUT THE LINE AS CLOSE TO THE HOOK AS POSSIBLE. THE LICENCE HOLDER/OPERATOR IS REQUIRED TO HAIL TO A DOCKSIDE MONITORING COMPANY THAT HAS BEEN DESIGNATED BY THE DEPARTMENT AT LEAST THREE (3) HOURS PRIOR TO RETURNING TO PORT, WHETHER OR NOT ANY FISH HAS BEEN CAUGHT. THE LICENCE HOLDER/OPERATOR IS CONSIDERED TO BE FISHING CONCURRENTLY WITH ANOTHER LICENCE IF THE LICENCE HOLDER/OPERATOR HAS HAILED OUT ON ANOTHER LICENCE NUMBER ALONG WITH THE SWORDFISH HARPOON LICENCE NUMBER ON THE SAME TRIP. THIS NUMBER IS TO BE ENTERED ON THE SWORDFISH/SHARK LONGLINE AND TROLLING MONITORING DOCUMENT IN THE APPROPRIATE SPACE PROVIDED. At the same time, the value of landings declined by 85%, from $386,087 to $56,807, during the same period. Harpoon and rod and reel accounted for the remaining 4% of the value of landings. WHEN FISHING THIS LICENCE CONCURRENTLY WITH A BLUEFIN LICENCE, ALL LONGLINE GEAR SHALL BE REMOVED PRIOR TO LEAVING PORT FOR A FISHING TRIP. Catches in 2008 and 2009 were below that level and a TAC of 28,000t was recommended for 2010 and 2011. Fishermenâs representatives from all swordfish fleets participate in the SFLPAC process. NOTE THAT A TURTLEâS REFLEX IS TO TWIST ITSELF INTO THE ROPE. The vast majority of tuna harvesters (41) also hold a swordfish licence, and approximately half (21) also hold a lobster licence. In the spring of 2010 an âEcosystem Working Groupâ was initiated under ALPAC to provide advice on ecosystem considerations in the large pelagic fisheries. The harpoon fishery for swordfish primarily occurs from June through late August. ICCAT work to develop Limit Reference Points for Swordfish is scheduled began in March 2011. DOCKSIDE MONITORING COMPANIES ARE NOT AGENTS OF FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA. Table 6: Swordfish Landed Quantity and Value by Gear Type 2008-2009 Since 1995, fishery management plans have placed non-restrictive catch guidelines of 250 tonnes on blue sharks within the directed fishery (i.e., for longline, handline, and rod-and-reel gear). TELEPHONE NUMBER WHERE THE MASTER CAN BE REACHED. THE TAG MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE NINTH FINLET FROM THE TAIL OF THE BLUEFIN TUNA IN A MANNER IN WHICH THE TAG IS DESIGNED. Table 9: Income Dependency of Swordfish Harvesters on Swordfish, 2009 Ecosystem-Based Management: Taking into account of species interactions and the interdependencies between species and their habitats when making resource management decisions. THIS NUMBER IS TO BE ENTERED IMMEDIATELY IN THE COMMENT FIELD OF THE SWORDFISH/SHARK LONGLINE AND TROLLING MONITORING DOCUMENT. Many (but not all) of the whale species that once succumbed to the spear are now officially protected from it, and todayâs commercial fishing concerns take a more omnivorous approach to harvesting large fish. 14. Drift nets, long lines, and other modern methods generate wasteful bycatch, a result unknown to the harpoon fisherman. BLUEFIN TUNA CAN ONLY BE CAUGHT AND RETAINED SUBJECT TO ITEMS 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, AND 17. In particular, the ports of Sambro and Woods Harbour together account for 75% of swordfish landed value, and both show a relatively high dependency on swordfish, 20% and 16% respectively. Dockside Monitoring provides landing information including weight and catch at size. The pelagic longline fleets will continue to implement mitigation measures to address blue shark by-catch. If the stock level falls below the Limit Reference Point, the stock has entered the âCritical Zoneâ and management must take serious measures to ensure stock rebuilding. THIS NUMBER IS TO BE ENTERED ON THE SWORDFISH/SHARK LONGLINE AND TROLLING MONITORING DOCUMENT IN THE APPROPRIATE SPACE PROVIDED. IN ADDITION TO THE TRIP SUMMARY HAIL-IN REQUIREMENTS STIPULATED IN THE 2013 OTHER TUNA LICENCE CONDITION, AT LEAST THREE (3) HOURS PRIOR TO RETURNING TO PORT, THE LICENCE HOLDER/OPERATOR IS ALSO REQUIRED TO HAIL-IN THE NUMBER OF BLUEFIN ON BOARD, THEIR TAG NUMBERS AND AREA OF CAPTURE, THE ACCURATE ROUND WEIGHT IN POUNDS OF EACH BLUEFIN TUNA ON BOARD THE VESSEL, AND THE FLANK LENGTH AND DRESSED LENGTH OF EACH BLUEFIN TUNA. Conservation Harvesting Plan (CHP): Fishing plans submitted by all gear sectors which identify harvesting methods aimed at minimizing the harvest of small fish and by-catch of groundfish. THIS NUMBER IS TO BE ENTERED ON THE SWORDFISH HARPOON MONITORING DOCUMENT IN THE APPROPRIATE SPACE PROVIDED. Historically, such discards of by-catch have not been regularly recorded. The Region intends to develop a set of economic, social and cultural objectives in the near future that will be common to all activities managed by the Department. (b) ONLY THE BLUEFIN TUNA TAGS WITH THE NUMBERS LISTED IN APPENDIX 1 OF THIS CONDITION OF LICENCE ARE TO BE USED, AND ARE VALID TO DECEMBER 31, 2013. A. In Canada, the scientific advice is presented to ALPAC between the meetings of the SCRS and the Commission (usually late October or early November). They are typically caught on pelagic longlines at night when they feed in surface waters or by harpoon during the day when they bask at the surface. In 2009 an assessment of the stock was completed and stated that the stock had been rebuilt to 99.9% of the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY). B) THE LICENCE HOLDER/OPERATOR IS REQUIRED TO ENSURE THAT, WHILE THE FISHING ACTIVITIES ARE CONDUCTED, EVERY PERSON ON BOARD THE VESSEL WHO CAPTURES A LEATHERBACK TURTLE INCIDENTALLY FORTHWITH RETURNS IT TO THE PLACE FROM WHICH IT WAS TAKEN, AND WHERE IT IS ALIVE, IN A MANNER THAT CAUSES IT THE LEAST HARM. The industry consists of the main fisher Associations, the SHA, SHQ and the NSSA, on behalf of their respective memberships. 2010. entanglement with whales or turtles). As discussed in section 6.1 of this document a joint project between industry and the department is implementing a Work plan to Address Incidental Catch in Canadian Large Pelagic Fisheries. THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING MEASURES: PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION 22. DFO has developed a work plan to address incidental by-catch and discarding of non-target and target species in the Canadian large pelagic longline fishery. Finally, the research program identified in Section 2.1.5 examining the impacts of by-catch in the pelagic longline fishery with a view towards further mitigation of catches of sensitive species, as required, is currently on-going within DFO. THE LICENCE HOLDER/OPERATOR IS ONLY AUTHORIZED TO FISH WITH PELAGIC LONGLINE, HARPOON OR TROLLING GEAR OR HAVE THESE GEARS ON BOARD THE VESSEL. (i) INTERFERE WITH OR BLOCK ANY SIGNALS REQUIRED BY THE ELECTRONIC MONITORING SYSTEM TO GATHER, RECORD, OR TRANSMIT INFORMATION; (j) TURN OFF THE VMS FROM THE TIME THE VESSEL LEAVES PORT UNTIL ALL OF THE FISH ON BOARD THE VESSEL IS OFFLOADED. In 2011 a working group provided input into the development of the IFMP led by the Maritimes Region Senior Advisor Large Pelagics for approval by the Maritimes Regional Director General and the national Director General Resource Management with subsequent presentation to the Minister. NO PERSON SHALL LAND (OFFLOAD) ANY FISH OR PORTIONS THEREOF FROM THE VESSEL UNLESS ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS ARE ADHERED TO: PURSUANT TO SECTION 61 OF THE FISHERIES ACT, THE LICENCE HOLDER/OPERATOR IS REQUIRED TO PROVIDE INFORMATION REGARDING THE FISHING ACTIVITIES IN THE SWORDFISH/SHARK LONGLINE AND TROLLING MONITORING DOCUMENT (THE VERSION ANNOTATED REVISED 2003) (âDOCUMENTâ) AND TALLY SHEET DOCUMENT AVAILABLE FROM FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA. The draft advice of the ICCAT Swordfish Species Group is then peer reviewed by the ICCAT Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS) which usually meets in October of each year. The approach considers impacts extending beyond those affecting the target species and, in this respect, is consistent with the Food and Agriculture Organizationâs Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. UNDER THE SPECIES AT RISK ACT, OR ICCAT REQUIREMENTS). IF THE LICENCE HOLDER/OPERATOR IS FISHING THIS LICENCE WITH HARPOON GEAR ONLY AND NO LONGLINE GEAR ONBOARD THE VESSEL THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT FOR DEHOOKING/DISENTANGLEMENT EQUIPMENT TO BE ON BOARD. In 2010 some of the Harpoon A licence holders were represented by the Swordfish Harpoon Quota Society (SHQ), which is also based in Nova Scotia. All fishing activities are monitored through a number of management measures all requiring rigorous data collection. These are considered to be low estimates, of which the Canadian portion is very small.â In addition, research suggests that blue shark have a high survival rate when handled properly. The Commissionâs recommendation resulted in Canada reducing its annual harvest and introducing domestic measures to limit the harvesting of undersized swordfish. (A) THE LICENCE HOLDER/OPERATOR IS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A HAIL-OUT REFERENCE NUMBER FROM THE FISHERIES AND OCEANS (DFO) "JUST TALK" HAIL-OUT SYSTEM (1-866-665-4451 FOR ENGLISH OR 1-866-665-4452 FOR FRENCH) PRIOR TO DEPARTURE FOR ANY FISHING TRIP. Of this total number of harvesters, there were 88 (71%) who also caught lobster with landed values almost twice the value of swordfish landings that year. Limit inability for self-adjustment to overcapacity relative to resource availability. This document also serves to communicate the basic information on the fishery and its management to staff of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), legislated co-management boards and other stakeholders. RETENTION OF BLUEFIN BY-CATCH ON BYCATCH OR TRANSFERED TAGS. The first national allocations to ICCAT Contracting Parties were made for 1995 and went to those member countries with a history of fishing swordfish, namely Canada, the USA, Spain and Portugal. Under the current bluefin tuna management plan, the swordfish longline fleet is provided an annual bluefin tuna quota of 18.76t in the western Atlantic and an ICCAT allocation of 15t in the central north Atlantic to address bluefin by-catches and eliminate discards. If the stock level falls below the Upper Stock Reference Point, the stock has entered the âCautious zoneâ and harvest rate begins to be reduced. The SHA was not active as an association and the remaining licence holders did not actively fish in 2012. THE LICENCE HOLDER/OPERATOR MAY REMOVE FINS FROM ANY SHARK THAT IS RETAINED. During sea patrols, officers may remove illegal gear. Catches at that time were considered to be well below MSY levels, and maintenance of those catch levels is expected to lead to a biomass somewhat above BMSY by 2016. Sambro, Woods Harbour and West Head are the principal home ports for tuna fish harvesters within these districts. NOTE: FOR INFORMATION REGARDING AREAS OPEN OR CLOSED TO FISHING, VARIATION ORDERS AND FOR CLARIFICATION OF ANY POINTS CONTAINED IN THIS LICENCE CONDITION, CONTACT THE FOLLOWING; MARITIMES REGION - CONTACT THE LOCAL FISHERY OFFICER; FOR EACH VMS TRANSPONDER OR SERVICE PROVIDER INITIATION, REPLACEMENT, TRANSFER OR RESUMPTION, A COMPLETED (DFO) NATIONAL VESSEL MONITORING SYSTEM (VMS) FORM MUST BE FORWARDED BY FAX AT 709-772-5787 AT LEAST TWO FULL BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE COMMENCING FISHING OPERATIONS. Limitations covering other tunas and pelagic by-catch are as follows. (A) SUBJECT TO 9(B), NO PERSON SHALL FISH A SWORDFISH LONGLINE LICENCE CONCURRENTLY WITH A BLUEFIN LICENCE. (D) THE LICENCE HOLDER/OPERATOR MAY BE REQUIRED TO HAVE AN OBSERVER (AT SEA) ON BOARD THE VESSEL DURING ANY FISHING TRIP WHETHER OR NOT AN ELECTRONIC VESSEL MONITORING SYSTEM (VMS) IS INSTALLED ON THE VESSEL. VMS IDENTIFICATION NUMBER AND COMMUNICATION SERVICE PROVIDER (CSP) (NAME & CSP NUMBER) Landings: Quantity of a species caught and landed. The at-sea monitoring assists in the monitoring of proper handling and release of identified Species at Risk, including leatherback turtles, and developing protocols to improve disentanglement and de-hooking to enhance post-capture survival. 9. 15. Under an ecosystem approach, managers consider impacts not only on the target species but also on non-target species and habitat. In April 2000, Canada hosted a workshop to discuss seabird incidental catch in the waters of Arctic countries. WHEN THE GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARY OF AN AREA IN THESE LICENCE CONDITIONS ARE EXPRESSED IN LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE, THOSE POINT REFERENCES ARE BASED ON THE GEODESIC SYSTEM NORTH AMERICAN DATUM 1927 (NAD27), UNLESS EXPRESSED OTHERWISE. Tagging studies show that blue sharks are extremely migratory and do not establish long-term residency in Canadian fisheries waters. 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