Ottawa, Ontario – Healthy ecosystems are essential for the long-term success and sustainability of Canada’s fisheries, which continue to play an important role in the economy. As the demand for high-quality and sustainably-sourced seafood grows around the world, the Government of Canada is committed to taking management measures that support our harvesters while protecting the health of the ocean ecosystem.
Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Joyce Murray, announced her decision to rollover the total allowable catch (TAC) for Northern shrimp in Shrimp Fishing Areas (SFA) 5 and 6, which are located off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. This year, the TAC for Northern shrimp in SFA 5 will remain at 14,200t, and in SFA 6 will remain at 9,430t. The fishery is expected to open on April 1.
The decision to rollover the TAC will support the sustainability of this fishery, while also providing economic opportunity to harvesters who rely on this stock.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada will continue to work with harvesters, Indigenous communities and other partners to promote the sustainable management of the Northern shrimp fishery in SFAs 5 and 6.