Profile updated on 31 January 2017

SUMMARY

SUMMARY

IDENTIFICATION

SCIENTIFIC NAME(s)

Chionoecetes opilio

SPECIES NAME(s)

Queen crab, snow crab

COMMON NAMES

crabe des neiges (French)

Puebla et al. (2008) found homogeneity on the genetic structure of queen crab along the west coast of Greenland and within Atlantic Canada from southern Labrador to Nova Scotia. Four assessment units are delimited by DFO-Canada and managed separately: Estuary and N Gulf of St Lawrence (areas 13 to 17, 12A, 12B, 12C and 16A), Newfoundland and Labrador (offshore and inshore areas of Divisions 2HJ3KLNOP4R), Nova Scotia (North and South Nova Scotia 4V,W,X) and S Gulf of St Lawrence (Areas 12, 19, 12E and 12F). Within W Greenland there are 6 management units: Upernavik, Uummannaq-Disko Bay, Sisimiut, Maniitsoq-Kangaamiut, Nuuk-Paamiut and Narsaq-Qaqortoq (Burmeister, 2010).


ANALYSIS

Strengths

Weaknesses

FISHSOURCE SCORES

Management Quality:

Management Strategy:

NOT YET SCORED

Managers Compliance:

NOT YET SCORED

Fishers Compliance:

NOT YET SCORED

Stock Health:

Current
Health:

NOT YET SCORED

Future Health:

NOT YET SCORED


RECOMMENDATIONS

RETAILERS & SUPPLY CHAIN
  • Monitor the performance of the fishery and its management to ensure the fishery continues to be eligible for condition-free MSC re-certification.

FIPS

No related FIPs

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Scotian shelf snow crab trap:

    MSC Certified

Fisheries

Within FishSource, the term "fishery" is used to indicate each unique combination of a flag country with a fishing gear, operating within a particular management unit, upon a resource. That resource may have a known biological stock structure and/or may be assessed at another level for practical or jurisdictional reasons. A fishery is the finest scale of resolution captured in FishSource profiles, as it is generally the scale at which sustainability can most fairly and practically be evaluated.

ASSESSMENT UNIT MANAGEMENT UNIT FLAG COUNTRY FISHING GEAR
Estuary and N Gulf of St Lawrence Canada Estuary and N Gulf of St Lawrence Canada Pots
Traps
Newfoundland and Labrador Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Canada Pots
Nova Scotia Canada Nova Scotia Canada Pots
S Gulf of St. Lawrence Canada S Gulf of St. Lawrence Canada Pots
Traps
W Greenland Greenland Maniitsoq-Kangaamiut Greenland Stow nets
Greenland Narsaq-Qaqortoq Greenland Stow nets
Greenland Nuuk-Paamiut Greenland Stow nets
Greenland Sisimiut Greenland Stow nets
Greenland Upernavik Greenland Stow nets
Greenland Uummannaq-Disko Bay Greenland Stow nets

Analysis

OVERVIEW

Last updated on 14 May 2012

Strengths
Nova Scotia

Last updated on 14 May 2012

Weaknesses
Nova Scotia

Last updated on 14 May 2012

RECOMMENDATIONS
Nova Scotia

Last updated on 27 December 2018

Recommendations to Retailers & Supply Chain
  • Monitor the performance of the fishery and its management to ensure the fishery continues to be eligible for condition-free MSC re-certification.

1.STOCK STATUS

2.MANAGEMENT QUALITY

3.ENVIRONMENT AND BIODIVERSITY

FishSource Scores

MANAGEMENT QUALITY

STOCK HEALTH:

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Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs)

No related FIPs

Certifications

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

SELECT MSC

NAME

Scotian shelf snow crab trap

STATUS

MSC Certified on 10 July 2012

SCORES

Principle Level Scores:

Principle Score
Principle 1 – Target Species 83.8
Principle 2 - Ecosystem 96.0
Principle 3 – Management System 84.0

Certification Type: Gold

Sources

Credits
  1. Burmeister, AD. 2010. Asessment of snow crab in West Greenland 2011 Teknisk Rapport nr. 83, Pinngortitaleriffik, Grønlands Naturinstitut http://www.natur.gl/fileadmin/user_files/Dokumenter/Tekniske_rapporter/SSR_West_Greenland__83_2011.pdf
  2. Criquet, G., Dunne, E., Ennis, J., Garforth, D., 2013. MSC Surveillance Report For The Southern Gulf of St Lawrence Snow Crab (Chionoecetes opilio) Trap Fishery. SAI Global Assurance Services, September 2013. 26pphttp://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/fisheries-in-the-program/certified/north-west-atlantic/gulf_of_st_lawrence_snow_crab_trap/assessment-downloads-1/20130916_SR_CRA366.pdf
  3. DFO. 2014a. Assessment of snow crab in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (Areas 12, 19, 12E and 12F) and advice for the 2014 fishery. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Sci. Advis. Rep. 2014/008.http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2014/mpo-dfo/Fs70-6-2014-008-eng.pdf
  4. DFO. 2014b. Assessment of candidate harvest decision rules for compliance to the Precautionary Approach framework for the snow crab fishery in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Sci. Advis. Rep. 2014/007.http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/csas-sccs/publications/sar-as/2014/2014_007-eng.pdf
  5. DFO, 2015. Assessment of Nova Scotia (4VWX) Snow Crab. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Sci. Advis. Rep. 2015/034, 31pp.http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/csas-sccs/Publications/SAR-AS/2015/2015_034-eng.pdf
  6. Dunne, E., Mateo, I., 2014. MSC Surveillance Report For The Southern Gulf of St Lawrence Snow Crab (Chionoecetes opilio) Trap Fishery. SAI Global Assurance Services, October 2014. 30pp http://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/fisheries-in-the-program/certified/north-west-atlantic/gulf_of_st_lawrence_snow_crab_trap/assessment-downloads-1/MSC_Southern_Gulf_of_St_Lawrence_snow_crab_2nd_Surveillance_Report_October_2014_JMD.pdf
  7. Garforth, D., Ennis, J., Dunne, E., and Murray, C. 2012. Public Certification Report for the Southern Gulf of St Lawrence Snow Crab (Chionoecetes opilio) Trap Fishery. Global Trust Certification Ltd, 25th September 2012. 262pp.http://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/certified/north-west-atlantic/gulf_of_st_lawrence_snow_crab_trap/assessment-downloads-1/20120925_PCR_CRA366.pdf
  8. Mateo, I., Dunne, E., 2014. MSC Surveillance Report for the Scotian Shelf Snow Crab (Chionoecetes opilio) Trap Fishery. SAI Global Assurance Services, October 2014. 31pphttp://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/fisheries-in-the-program/certified/north-west-atlantic/scotian_shelf_gulf_st_lawrence_snow_crab_trap/assessment-downloads-1/MSC_Scotian_Shelf_snow_crab_2nd_surveillance_report_Oct_2014_-_om.pdf
  9. Puebla, O., Sévigny, J.-M., Sainte-Marie, B.; Brêthes, J.-C., Burmeister, A., Dawe, E. G.; Moriyasu, M. 2008. Population genetic structure of the snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio) at the Northwest Atlantic scale, Canadian Journal of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences 65(3): 425-436http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/pdf/10.1139/f07-163

Appended content

  1. DFO, 2001. Area 19 Snow Crab Integrated Fishery Management Plan DFO Gulf Region Fisheries Management Plan.http://www.glf.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/folios/00161/docs/ns-snowcrab-area19-2001-2010-eng.pdf
  2. DFO, 2010. Assessment of the Estuary and Northern Gulf of St. Lawrence (Areas 13 to 17, 12A, 12B, 12C and 16A) Snow Crab Stocks in 2009. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec., Sci. Advis. Rep. 2010/029.http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/CSAS/Csas/publications/sar-as/2010/2010_029_e.pdf
  3. DFO, 2015. Assessment of the Estuary and Northern Gulf of St. Lawrence (Areas 13 to 17, 12A, 12B, 12C and 16A) Snow Crab Stocks in 2014. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Sci. Advis. Rep. 2015/033, 20pp.http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/csas-sccs/publications/sar-as/2015/2015_033-eng.pdf
  4. Pinfold, G. 2006 Overview of the Atlantic Snow Crab Industry. Submitted to: Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Atlantic Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers.http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/peches-fisheries/reports-rapports/sc-cn_e.pdf
  5. Puebla, O., Sévigny, J.-M., Sainte-Marie, B.; Brêthes, J.-C., Burmeister, A., Dawe, E. G.; Moriyasu, M. 2008. Population genetic structure of the snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio) at the Northwest Atlantic scale, Canadian Journal of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences 65(3): 425-436http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/pdf/10.1139/f07-163
  1. Addison, J. Powles, H. And Scott, I. 2013. Newfoundland & Labrador Snow Crab. MSC Certification report. Moody Marine Ltd, Intertek- Moody.http://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/fisheries-in-the-program/certified/north-west-atlantic/newfoundland_labrador_snow_crab/assessment-downloads-1/20130319_FR_CRA256.pdf
  2. DFO, 2010. Assessment of Newfoundland and Labrador Snow Crab. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Sci. Advis. Rep. 2010/020.http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/CSAS/Csas/publications/sar-as/2010/2010_020_e.pdf
  3. DFO, 2012. Assessment of Newfoundland and Labrador Snow Crab. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Sci. Advis. Rep. 2012/008. http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/csas-sccs/Publications/SAR-AS/2012/2012_008-eng.pdf
  4. DFO, 2015. Assessment of Newfoundland and Labrador Snow Crab. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Sci. Advis. Rep. 2015/029, 39pp.http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/csas-sccs/publications/sar-as/2015/2015_029-eng.pdf
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