Last updated on 26 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 9, 10 and 12. In the NW Atlantic were considered other stocks separately: 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:

9.1

Fishers Compliance:

10

Stock Health:

Current
Health:

≥ 8

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

  • Gulf of St Lawrence northern shrimp trawl fishery:

    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
Gulf of St Lawrence Anticosti Canada SFA 9 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

No related analysis

2.MANAGEMENT QUALITY

No related analysis

3.ENVIRONMENT AND BIODIVERSITY

BYCATCH
ETP Species

Last updated on 26 May 2010

The gear type used, demersal trawl, is of medium risk to seabirds. Although there is probably a very low rate of seabird interactions with the gear, there is almost no information about seabird mortality or bycatch from this fishery.

Other Species

Last updated on 26 May 2010

The gear type used, demersal trawl, is of medium risk to seabirds. Although there is probably a very low rate of seabird interactions with the gear, there is almost no information about seabird mortality or bycatch from this fishery.

FishSource Scores

Last updated on 25 December 2016

SELECT SCORES

MANAGEMENT QUALITY

As calculated for 2014 data.

The score is ≥ 6.

Assessment and management plan are examined each year. Interim reference points, consistent with the management approach, were developed and adopted for the Gulf shrimp fishery (DFO, 2011a, 2011c).

As calculated for 2011 data.

The score is 9.1.

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

The Set TAC is 26.0 ('000 t). The Advised TAC is 24.7 ('000 t) .

The underlying Set TAC/Advised TAC for this index is 105%.

As calculated for 2012 data.

The score is 10.0.

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

The Catch is 21.6 ('000 t). The Set TAC is 22.4 ('000 t) .

The underlying Catch/Set TAC for this index is 96.6%.

STOCK HEALTH:

As calculated for 2014 data.

The score is ≥ 8.

In 2010, the abundance indices for the female spawning stock indicated that stocks were in the healthy zone, i.e. at or above the provisional upper stock reference points (USR) (DFO, 2011a; Figure 7).

As calculated for 2014 data.

The score is ≥ 6.

The exploitation rate index (catch in number over abundance) shows an increasing trend in all fishing areas since 2003. In 2010, the index was above the long term average in Sept-Iles and Anticosti (DFO, 2011a; Figure 5). The abundance has been showing a decreasing trend over the last years, but it is still in the healthy zone (DFO, 2011a; Figure 7).

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.  No analytical assessment. A female abundance index (from fishery and survey data) is compared to interim reference points and used as the main indicator for the health of the Gulf of St Lawrence stocks (DFO, 2011a).
  2. Total Allowable Catch (TACs) and landings data refer to the Shrimp Fishing Areas (SFAs) 9 (Anticosti), 10 (Sept Iles) and 12 (Estuary), combined.

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Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs)

No related FIPs

Certifications

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

SELECT MSC

NAME

Gulf of St Lawrence northern shrimp trawl fishery

STATUS

MSC Recertified on 30 March 2009

SCORES

Principle Level Scores:

Principle Score
Principle 1 – Target Species 95.0
Principle 2 – Ecosystem 85.3
Principle 3 – Management System 92.5

Certification Type:

Sources

Credits

Acknowledgements

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

  1. Devitt, S. and Parsons, D. 2012. Fourth Annual Surveillance Report: Gulf of St. Lawrence Northern Shrimp Trawl Fisheries – Shrimp Fishing Areas 8 and 9, 10, 12. Intertek Moody Marine Ltd., December 2012. 26pp.http://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/fisheries-in-the-program/certified/north-west-atlantic/Gulf-of-st-lawrence-northern-shrimp/copy_of_assessment-downloads-1/20121219_SR_SHR53.pdf
  2. Devitt, Steven, Brêthes, Jean-Claude, Parsons, Don and Maguire, Jean-Jacques, 2011. Third Annual Surveillance Report for the Gulf of St. Lawrence Northern shrimp trawl fisheries – shrimp fishing areas 9, 10, 12. Intertek Moody Marine Ltd. December 2011.http://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/certified/north-west-atlantic/Gulf-of-st-lawrence-northern-shrimp/copy_of_assessment-downloads-1/2011_12_06_SR_FA_9_10_11.pdf
  3. DFO, 2010a. Assessment of shrimp stocks in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2009. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec., Sci. Advis. Rep. 2010/008. March 2010. 11 pp.http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/CSAS/Csas/publications/sar-as/2010/2010_008_e.pdf
  4. DFO. 2010b. Total Allowable Catches (TAC) and Sharing Arrangements for the Gulf of St. Lawrence shrimp (Areas 8,9,10 and 12): 2010 fishing season. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) website. [Accessed on 20 February 2012].http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/decisions/fm-2010-gp/atl-031-eng.htm
  5. DFO, 2011a. Assessment of shrimp stocks in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2010. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec., Sci. Advis. Rep. 2011/006. May 2011. 12 pp.http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Csas-sccs/publications/sar-as/2011/2011_006-eng.pdf
  6. DFO. 2011b. Total Allowable Catches (TAC) and Sharing Arrangements for the Gulf of St. Lawrence shrimp (Areas 8,9,10 and 12): 2011 fishing season. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) website. [Accessed on 20 February 2012].http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/decisions/fm-2011-gp/atl-016-eng.htm
  7. DFO, 2011c. Reference points consistent with the precautionary approach for northern shrimp in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec., Sci. Advis. Rep. 2011/062. December 2011.9 pp.http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/csas-sccs/Publications/SAR-AS/2011/2011_062-eng.pdf
  8. Parsons, D., Powles, H., Bannister, C., Devitt, S., 2014. Gulf of St. Lawrence Northern Shrimp Trawl Fishery, Shrimp Fishing Areas 8, 9, 10, 12. Public Certification Report. Intertek Fisheries Certification, March 2014. 262pphttp://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/fisheries-in-the-program/certified/north-west-atlantic/Gulf-of-st-lawrence-northern-shrimp/re-assessment-downloads-1/20140327_PCR_SHR53.pdf
  9. S. Devitt, D. Parsons, J.C. Brêthes and J.J. Maguire. 2008. The Gulf of St. Lawrence Northern Shrimp Trawl Fishery. TAVEL Certification Inc.http://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/certified/north-west-atlantic/Gulf-of-st-lawrence-northern-shrimp/copy_of_assessment-downloads-1/GSL-Northern-Shrimp-PCR-091708-9_10_12-Rev-1.pdf
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