DFO an­nounces over­all crab quota cut of 17 per­cent for 2018 in NL

Re­duc­tions for some fish­ing zones; in­creases in oth­ers

The Beacon (Gander) - - News - SALTWIRE STAFF

The De­part­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans (DFO) has an­nounced the crab quo­tas for the New­found­land and Labrador re­gion for 2018.

In a press re­lease is­sued just after 6 p.m. NL time tonight, April 4, the de­part­ment said the To­tal Al­low­able Catch (TAC)for the NL re­gion is 28,975. That’s an over­all quota de­crease of 17 per­cent from 2017.

High­lights of the man­age­ment plan for this sea­son are: a two per­cent in­crease in 3K, a 24 per­cent de­crease in 3LNO (30 per­cent in the ar­eas out­side the 200 mile limit, and 24 per­cent in ar­eas in­side the 200 mile limit), a 19 per­cent in­crease in the 3Ps quota, and a 50 per­cent re­duc­tion in 4R3Pn. Quo­tas in 2J south will re­main at 2017 lev­els.

A de­ci­sion on 2HJ north quo­tas will fi­nal­ized at a later date.

The an­nounce­ment on FFAW has come out against the price of snow crab set this year.

quo­tas comes just a cou­ple of days after the Fish Price Set­ting Panel for New­found­land and Labrador set the price for crab at $4.55 per pound, draw­ing crit­i­cism from fish­ers and

the Fish Food and Al­lied Work­ers (FFAW) union who con­tend the mar­ket can sup­port prices closer to $5 per pound for har­vesters.

“To­day the Fish Price Set­ting Panel an­nounced their de­ci­sion to side with the pro­posal put for­ward by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Seafood Pro­duc­ers (ASP) to set this year’s Snow Crab Price at $4.55,” read a re­lease is­sued April 4. “The panel’s de­ci­sion is very dis­ap­point­ing to fish har­vesters as it ig­nores the fact that the mar­ket is sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter than in 2017 and is based upon an ASP sub­mis­sion that lacked ev­i­dence, fact and ar­gu­ment.”

The group ar­gued that in the past higher prices have helped off­set fall­ing quo­tas, quo­tas which are ex­pected to drop again this year for many seafood prod­ucts, in­clud­ing snow crab. FFAW says it has pre­sented ev­i­dence that the mar­ket can sup­port a price of $4.80 per pound and above for har­vesters.

“This de­ci­sion is frus­trat­ing for fish har­vesters who will see an­other re­duc­tion in their quota for 2018,” said Keith Sul­li­van, pres­i­dent of FFAW, in the re­lease. “Com­pound­ing this frus­tra­tion is the fact that har­vesters in the Mar­itimes are re­ceiv­ing greater than $5 per pound for snow crab.”

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