Last updated on 25 December 2016

SUMMARY

SUMMARY

IDENTIFICATION

SCIENTIFIC NAME(s)

Pandalus borealis

SPECIES NAME(s)

Northern prawn, northern shrimp

Separate stocks of Northern prawn (P. borealis) have not been clearly defined and may represent a single metapopulation within the Northwest Atlantic. However, there are some differences that provide basis for delineating assessment and management units into Shrimp Fishery Areas (SFAs). This profile corresponds to the SFAs 13-15. Ten other assessment units are considered within Candian waters, along with three other assessment units in the NW Atlantic: Northern prawn – Western Greenland, Northern prawn – Flemish Cap and Northern prawn – Gulf of Maine.


ANALYSIS

No related analysis

FISHSOURCE SCORES

Management Quality:

Management Strategy:

≥ 6

Managers Compliance:

≥ 8

Fishers Compliance:

10

Stock Health:

Current
Health:

≥ 6

Future Health:

≥ 6


RECOMMENDATIONS

CATCHERS & REGULATORS
  • Work actively to address and close out conditions placed upon the certification of the fishery in the agreed timeframe.
  • Report achievements publicly to share progress with buyers.
RETAILERS & SUPPLY CHAIN
  • Monitor the progress in closing out conditions placed upon the certification of the fishery and if agreed timelines are met.
  • Express your support to help meet conditions that may be at a government/regulatory level (where applicable). Please contact the relevant SFP Sector Group or Supplier Roundtable for more specific information.

FIPS

No related FIPs

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Scotian shelf shrimp:

    Withdrawn

  • Canada Scotian Shelf Northern prawn trawl:

    MSC Recertified

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
E Scotian Shelf Canada SFAs 13-15 Canada Single boat bottom otter trawls

Analysis

OVERVIEW

RECOMMENDATIONS

Last updated on 25 December 2016

Improvement Recommendations to Catchers & Regulators
  • Work actively to address and close out conditions placed upon the certification of the fishery in the agreed timeframe.
  • Report achievements publicly to share progress with buyers.
Recommendations to Retailers & Supply Chain
  • Monitor the progress in closing out conditions placed upon the certification of the fishery and if agreed timelines are met.
  • Express your support to help meet conditions that may be at a government/regulatory level (where applicable). Please contact the relevant SFP Sector Group or Supplier Roundtable for more specific information.

1.STOCK STATUS

2.MANAGEMENT QUALITY

3.ENVIRONMENT AND BIODIVERSITY

BYCATCH
ETP Species

Last updated on 10 July 2008

Available information on this fishery, including the MSC Public Certification Report, has very little information with regard to non-fish bycatch, including seabirds and sea mammals, and gives no specifics on species, number of seabird interactions or amount of bycatch, or mitigation methods used. Although information from other fisheries in the area indicates that seabird bycatch is probably very low, there is little information directly from the fishery. The gear type commonly used, otter trawl, is generally of medium risk to seabirds.

Other Species

Last updated on 10 July 2008

Available information on this fishery, including the MSC Public Certification Report, has very little information with regard to non-fish bycatch, including seabirds and sea mammals, and gives no specifics on species, number of seabird interactions or amount of bycatch, or mitigation methods used.

Although observer coverage in 2003-2006 was very high, about 75% for the offshore fishery, and reasonable for the inshore fishery at 3 to 5% observer coverage, the observer information apparently does not include seabirds or sea mammals, or at least this information is not being released.

Although information from other fisheries in the area indicates that seabird bycatch is probably very low, there is little information directly from the fishery. The gear type commonly used, otter trawl, is generally of medium risk to seabirds.

FishSource Scores

Last updated on 25 December 2016

MANAGEMENT QUALITY

As calculated for 2014 data.

The score is ≥ 6.

No reference points have yet been used in management but provisional values have been developed. The present management system is “considered to be precautionary in intent and practice” but uncertainty and assumptions are not explicitly considered and MSC has advised that precautionary decision rules be adopted (Aschan et al., 2008a; b).

As calculated for 2014 data.

The score is ≥ 8.

It appears that a precautionary strategy is followed but it is unclear if TAC recommendations from the Scotian Shelf Shrimp Advisory Committee and Northern Shrimp Advisory Committee are published.

As calculated for 2012 data.

The score is 10.0.

This measures the Catch as a percentage of the Set TAC.

The Catch is 3.70 ('000 t). The Set TAC is 4.20 ('000 t) .

The underlying Catch/Set TAC for this index is 88.0%.

STOCK HEALTH:

As calculated for 2014 data.

The score is ≥ 6.

Formal reference points are not yet in use but the stock assessment reports that the Scotian shelf resource is at a healthy size based on historical survey trends.

As calculated for 2014 data.

The score is ≥ 6.

Exploitation rate on the Scotian shelf is below the provisional overfishing limit of 20% and on a decreasing trend.

No data available for biomass
No data available for biomass
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No data available for fishing mortality
No data available for fishing mortality
No data available for recruitment
No data available for recruitment
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DATA NOTES
  1. Plotted reference points are for Scotian shelf only and are proposals. Although not yet formally adopted, MSC consider that the eventual framework will be similar (Knapman et al., 2010).
  2. Qualitative scores have been determined to reflect the complete distribution of shrimp across all areas and to reflect present management measures in use, although improvements are underway.

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Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs)

No related FIPs

Certifications

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

SELECT MSC

NAME

Scotian shelf shrimp

STATUS

Withdrawn on 23 July 2014

SCORES

Principle Level Scores:

Principle Score
Principle 1 – Target Species 87.5
Principle 2 - Ecosystem 84.0
Principle 3 – Management System 86.6

Certification Type:

Sources

Credits

Acknowledgements

SFP is grateful to David Wiedenfeld of the American Bird Conservancy for contributing to this profile’s content.

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  2. Aschan, M., H. Powles, C. Bannister, A. Hough and P. Knapman, 2008b. Public Certification Report for Canadian Northern Prawn Trawl Fishery Shrimp Fishing Areas 5, 6, 7/Final. Moody Marine Ltd.http://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/certified/north-west-atlantic/Canada-northern-prawn/copy_of_assessment-downloads-1/assessment-downloads/Final-Public-Certification-Report_SFA-567.pdf
  3. deAlteris, J, Daume, S. 2013. Scotian Shelf Shrimp- 2013 Surveillance Audit. SCS Global Services, June 2013. 36pphttp://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/fisheries-in-the-program/certified/north-west-atlantic/scotian-shelf-shrimp/assessment-downloads-1/20130702_SR_SHR206.pdf
  4. Devitt S., Powles H., 2012. Fourth Surveillance Report Canadian Northern Prawn Trawl Fishery Shrimp Fishing Areas 13, 14 &15. Intertek Moody Marine, December 2012. 23pp.http://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/fisheries-in-the-program/certified/north-west-atlantic/canada-scotian-shelf-northern-prawn-trawl/copy_of_assessment-downloads-1/assessment-downloads/20121219_SR_PRA24.pdf
  5. DFO, 2010a. Assessment of Northern Shrimp on the Eastern Scotian Shelf (SFA 13-15). Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Science Advisory Report 2010/004.http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/CSAS/Csas/publications/sar-as/2010/2010_004_e.pdf
  6. DFO, 2010b. Assessment of Divisions 2G-3K Northern Shrimp. Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Science Advisory Report 2010/018.http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/CSAS/Csas/publications/sar-as/2010/2010_018_e.pdf
  7. Knapman, P., H. Powles, C. Bannister, 2010a. Second Annual Surveillance Report - Canadian Northern Prawn Trawl Fishery Shrimp Fishing Areas 13, 14, 15. Certificate No.: MML 028 Moody Marine Ltd.http://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/certified/north-west-atlantic/Canada-northern-prawn/copy_of_assessment-downloads-1/assessment-downloads/Second_Annual_Surveillance_Report_SFA_13-15.pdf
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  10. Orr, D.C., P.J. Veitch and D.J. Sullivan, 2010. The 2010 assessment of the Northern Shrimp (Pandalus borealis, Kroyer) resource in NAFO Divisions 3LNO. NAFO SCR Doc. 10/50.http://www.nafo.int/publications/frames/science.html
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