South coast cod by the numbers

Attention inshore harvesters from Newfoundland’s south coast, known in industry circles as fishing zone 3Ps.

Here’s the story on cod.

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The 2017 quota has been set at 6,500 tonnes.

But France (St.Pierre-Miquelon) gets 1,014 tonnes of that amount (15.6%). 

That leaves 5,486 tonnes.

The offshore (over 100-foot fleet) has not yet been authorized to fish this year, but they’re allocated 796 tonnes (12.2%).

That leaves 4,690 tonnes of cod for south coast inshore harvesters or 72.1% of the quota.

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Here’s how much cod has been taken to date this year:

Under 40-foot, fixed gear fleet Placentia Bay. 
Quota: 1,505 tonnes.
Landed to date: 956 tonnes.
Percentage taken: 63.5 per cent.

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40-60 foot fixed gear fleet Placentia Bay
Quota: 571 tonnes.
Landed to date: 121 tonnes.
Percentage taken: 21.1 per cent.

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Under 40-foot fixed gear fleet Fortune Bay
Quota: 1,304 tonnes.
Landed to date: 280 tonnes.
Percentage taken: 21.4 per cent.

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40-60 foot fixed gear fleet Fortune Bay
Quota: 346 tonnes.
Landed to date: 28 tonnes.
Percentage taken: 8 per cent.

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Rumours were flying in 3Ps Wednesday that more than 60 per cent of the cod quota had been caught for all of the entire zone.

That’s obviously not the case. 

63.5 per cod of the cod quota has been taken, but only in the under 40-foot fixed gear fleet in Placentia Bay.

Given the latest information, FISH-NL recommends that the extra cod or “bumps” in quota given to that particular fleet be suspended to ensure all harvesters have an opportunity to catch their IQs.

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Rumour also has it that Ocean Choice International is currently gearing up its offshore vessels to catch south coast cod this fall. 

FISH-NL takes the stand that inshore harvesters are dead in the water if factory-freezer trawlers are allowed back at the south coast cod.

The offshore fleet should be banned completely from the 3Ps fishing zone, and its 796-tonne quota distributed to inshore harvesters.

Inshore harvesters and their enterprises are the economic engines of most rural communities.

Inshore harvesters are also the stewards of our marine resources, and, based on adjacency and historical attachment, must be given first access to quotas of all species off NL shores.