WWF-Canada and FFAW-Unifor release action plan for rebuilding northern cod fishery
The FIP action plan includes:
- The development of a rebuilding plan with timelines, biologically based reference points and harvest-control rules.
- An estimate of the recreational cod-fishery catch.
- Analysis of the type and amount of bait needed for the 2J3KL fishery.
- Regular monitoring of ecosystem impacts, including potential bycatch of endangered, threatened and protected species.
- Was prepared by an independent consultant to meet the guidelines for comprehensive FIPs of WWF and the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions.
- Contains timelines and 17 improvement measures for the fishery.
- Will be implemented over the next five years with annual progress assessments.
- Harvesters operating vessels below 40-feet in length and longer than 40-feet
- Fogo Island Co-operative Society Ltd.
- Seafood Processors of Newfoundland and Labrador Inc.
- Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council
- Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods of Newfoundland and Labrador
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada
- Marine Stewardship Council
- The Association of Seafood Producers
“Our FIP sets the right checks and balances in place to sustainably manage the transition to a new northern cod fishery that includes a strong rebuilding plan, and a fishery focused on quality for the most discerning and high-paying markets.”
David Miller, president and CEO of WWF-Canada, said:
“Northern cod was once among the biggest fisheries in the world, and the stock’s collapse was one of the worst ecological disasters of our time. Although the stock remains in the critical zone, the latest scientific data show a very promising start to a recovery. The measures in our Fishery Improvement Project action plan are a blueprint for a world-class model of ecosystem and economic recovery through sustainable fishing and responsible oceans management.”
About the FFAW
The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union represents over 12,000 working women and men throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, most of whom are employed in the fishing industry. For more info visit ffaw.nf.ca
About World Wildlife Fund Canada
WWF-Canada creates solutions to the environmental challenges that matter most for Canadians. We work in places that are unique and ecologically important, so that nature, wildlife and people thrive together. Because we are all wildlife. For more info visit wwf.ca
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