The groundfish trawl industry is hereby advised that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, for the 2015 fishing season only, has agreed to the exemption of Offshore Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) caught in Pacific Fishery Management Areas 121, 123, 124, 125, and 126 from Section 31 of the Fisheries Act. This allows Offshore Pacific hake caught within the described areas to be utilized for reduction purposes such as the production of fish meal. A total of 54,928 metric tonnes Offshore of Pacific hake will be available for reduction purposes. The fishery for reduction purposes will close when the 54,928 metric tonnes of Offshore Pacific hake has been landed. DFO is permitting the use of offshore Pacific Hake for reduction purposes as an exceptional measure intended to provide interim support over a one year transition period for the hake industry to adjust and diversify, such that the industry will be better positioned to adapt to current and future market changes. All fishing for offshore hake, regardless of whether it is delivered for reduction or other processing, will be accounted for within the offshore Pacific hake TAC to ensure a sustainable fishery. The fishery for reduction purposes is subject to all current monitoring rules and requirements governing the groundfish trawl fishery. This includes 100% at-sea and 100% dockside monitoring and sorting of all catch. The hake industry has agreed to work cooperatively and coordinate deliveries in a manner that is fair and equitable to the fleet while also coordinated with other groundfish fishery activities. Any groundfish trawl vessel wishing to participate in the hake fishery for reduction purposes must register with the Hake Consortium of BC and provide the following information: Vessel Name:____________________________________________ Vessel contact number:______________________________ Vessel Owner:____________________________________________ Vessel Owner contact information: cell: _______________ phone:_______________ e-mail:____________________________ Vessel Skipper:___________________________________________ Vessel Skipper contact information: cell: _______________ phone:______________ e-mail:____________________________ This information will be used by the reduction fishery industry fleet managers to coordinate landings for onshore processing and delivery to West Coast Reduction in Vancouver. The information should be e-mailed as soon as possible to: Hake Consortium of BC c/o Jaymee Syjuico Canadian Fishing Company firstname.lastname@example.org Once received, the information will be forwarded to the hake reduction fishery fleet managers who will contact the vessel to discuss program participation. Two reduction fishery fleet managers have been identified; Dave Dawson (604 926- 0449) and Theresa Williams (250 478-9312). For further information or details about this reduction program, harvesters can contact these fleet managers. DFO contacts are either Barry Ackerman at 604-666-3991 or Neil Davis 604 666- 9033.
Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0746
Sent July 24, 2015 at 1552
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