ST. JOHN’S – The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released the management plan for the 2019 snow crab fishery today. The management plan includes a roll over in quota for most areas in 3K. This news is a significant victory for both fish harvesters and plant workers who rallied together last month against a proposal by DFO to cut 3K quotas by up to 30%, despite a positive science assessment this year.
“It’s clear DFO is listening to the concerns raised by harvesters and is making a serious effort to take a more collaborative approach,” said FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan.
“Fish harvesters are not interested in taking every last fish out of the water. We want a sustainable fishery and the science this year didn’t support the drastic cuts in our area suggested by DFO. We’re very pleased the Department chose to take a more reasonable approach,” said Trevor Jones, a fish harvester and crab committee representative from Green Bay.
Quotas in 3K will remain unchanged this year, with the exception of a 20% decrease in area 3B. Quota levels in 2HJ will also remain unchanged. Harvesters will see a 16% decrease in quota in 3LNO, a 39% decrease in 4Rand 3Pn and harvesters in 3Ps will see their quota increased by 48%.
“This management plan is proof that by working together, we can get results and build a sustainable fishery into the future that works for harvesters, plant workers and their communities,” concluded Sullivan.
The 2019 Snow crab fishery management plan can be viewed here.