Last updated on 31 August 2016
In the Northwest Atlantic, two biological stocks for S. mentella have been recognised: 1. The Gulf of St. Lawrence and Laurentian Channel population (Units 1+2 = NAFO Div. 3P4V+4RST+ 4Wfgj); 2. The northern population (including Grand Banks, the Labrador Shelf, Davis Strait and Baffin Bay – NAFO 0+2+3KLNO)
Redfish is a straddling stock complex;. it is found both inside and outside the Canadian EEZ (NAFO, 2012). The 3LN redfish fishery is managed by two management systems. NAFO manages the fishery of the waters outside the Canadian EEZ. DFO is responsible for the management of the redfish fishery within the Canadian EEZ.
The redfish in Divisions 3LN is managed through an overall TAC (both inside and outside the EEZ) and quotas for contracting parties set by NAFO, annually. NAFO establishes other management measures: gears requirements, area and time restrictions, coral protection zones and by-catch requirements.
Redfish are primarily targeted using bottom trawl. Logbook data from 2000 to 2003 showed average annual landings (directed and by catch) of 4,610 tonnes of redfish using bottom trawl , and an additional 2,400 tonnes fished by the Scotia Fundy fleet. Foreign vessels (Portugal, Spain and Russia) have dominated the fishery in 3LNO; Canadian landings are considered minimal compared to those taken by foreign vessels (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 2007).
The main directed fishery in the LOMA using midwater trawl targets redfish. Based on logbook data from 2000 to 2003, average annual landings (directed and by catch) of redfish using midwater trawl was 770 tonnes (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 2007) but this gear is not used to any extent in NAFO Division 3LN.
This fishery entered full assessment by the Marine Stewardship Council system in March 2015. Click here to link to the MSC fishery page and to learn more about the MSC fishery.
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.
No related FIPs
MSC Certified on 22 May 2017
Principle Level Scores:
|Principle||Bottom trawl||Mid-water trawl|
|Principle 1 – Target Species||93.1|
|Principle 2 – Ecosystem||83.3||88.0|
|Principle 3 – Management System||83.1|
Certification Type: Silver
Fisheries and Oceans Canada. (2007). The Grand Banks of Newfoundland: Atlas of Human Activities. The Grand Banks of Newfoundland: Atlas of Human Activities .Fisheries and Oceans Canada.