Monday, July 28, 2008

Seine ITQ: Lax enforcement

In a typical DFO talk tough but do nothing approach, check out this scenario now unfolding in the seine ITQ fishery.


This from Fishery Notice FN0483 Demonstration ITQ Fishery: July 18th
Weekly TAC's will expire, not be cumulative, and not carry over past the end of fishing on Monday of any given week. Vessel masters must cease fishing when their ITQ has been achieved. Overages are not permitted and will be subject to investigation by Conservation and Protection. Vessels must have sufficient quota to cover all catch of quota species prior to landing fish.

This from Fishery Notice: FN0531: July 29
By this time all vessels participating in the ITQ fishery should have balanced any overages from the previous week through a reallocation request. Any vessels with remaining overages as of today (Monday) at 08:00hrs will be subject to investigation by Conservation and Protection and must reconcile any overages immediately. Vessels must have sufficient quota to cover all catch of quota species prior to fishing and landing fish in this weeks opening.

So what is happening here?? Seiner are first notified of the rules and the penalties...but apparently these are not followed and boats have 'overages'....Then they are warned to straighten out the 'overages' before a certain time....What kind of enforcement of rules and regulations is this?
Warning upon warning to not break the law, but when they do break the law...just another warning to straighten it out before we check you again....absolutely ludicrous......

The first Fishery Notice even states that further opportunity will depend on good compliance...which it looks like didnt happen. But the fishery was just opened for another 6 days straight from Tuesday to Sunday. So much for accountability in DFO's world.....

FN0483
Initially, the area will only open for 4 days (Tuesday to Friday) with the possibility of extending with good license compliance (daily catch hails and brailing) and quota management (no quota overages).

1 comment:

Deanbc said...

It would be good if NCSA could list the netting openings by date and type, ie. Sein or Gill so we can visually compare to Tyee Test Data for Steelhead numbers.

Thanks