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Quebec lobster fishery is thriving, federal report shows


Quebec lobster fishery is flourishing, federal report reveals

Lobster landings have soared over the past three years in fishing areas alongside Quebec’s North Shore, Gaspé, Magdalen Islands and Anticosti Island, based on new inventory assessments launched by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Quebec fishermen caught 8,127 tonnes of the crustacean in 2018, up from 5,900 tonnes in 2015.

The greatest will increase in landings had been within the province’s smallest lobster fishing areas alongside the North Shore, which accounts for 3 per cent of whole landings.

In Lobster Fishing Areas 15, 16 and 18 — all alongside the North Shore — landings jumped by 82 per cent, 305 per cent and 423 per cent between 2015 and 2018.

The authorities says that in 2017, the Quebec lobster fishery was value $117 million.

Lobster inventory wholesome and in good situation

DFO says lobster populations are wholesome in all Quebec-based lobster fisheries within the Gulf of St. Lawrence space.

“Abundance indicators are up sharply on the North Shore and at Anticosti Island. Lobster populations in these areas appear to be in good condition,” the report says.

Quebec’s greatest lobster fishery relies on the Magdalen Islands, the place landings reached historic peaks in 2018 at 4,757 tonnes — 91 per cent greater than the 25-year common.

“High abundance and productivity indicate that the Magdalen Islands lobster stock is in good condition and that current exploitation levels are adequate,” the DFO inventory evaluation states.

Scientists predict landings within the Magdalen Islands will stay excessive for the subsequent two-to-three years however the variety of younger lobsters coming into the fishery might drop within the medium time period.

Over the previous three years, landings are up by 26 per cent within the three lobster fishing areas round Gaspé — though they dipped by 191 tonnes in 2018 due to conservation measures imposed to guard North Atlantic Right Whales.

Even so, the two,315 tonnes landed at Gaspé wharves in 2018 was 116 per cent greater than the historic common between 1993 to 2017.

However, the evaluation notes that lobsters in Area 20, off the Gaspé, have a small common measurement coupled with a excessive exploitation charge, which means that lowering the quantity of lobster fishing there “must be pursued.”

“In the context of changes in the environment, it would be important to rapidly develop or update the biological knowledge essential for the sustainable management of these stocks,” the inventory evaluation studies.

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