Fisheries and Oceans Canada
AMENDMENT: CHANGE TO 3KL FALL FISHERY OPTION: 2J3KL Northern Cod Stewardship Fishery - 2022 Season Dates and Catch Limits
AMENDMENT: Fish harvesters that choose the 3KL fall only option will NOT be required to fish outside of Canada's Territorial Sea (12 mile limit). The Conservation and Harvesting Plan (CHP) that is available online at: 2022 Conservation Harvesting Plan (CHP) 2J3KL Stewardship Cod fishery - AMENDED July 15, 2022 will be updated to reflect this change.
Fish harvesters that want to avail of the 3KL fall only fishery option MUST indicate their intention in writing via e-mail to Robyn.Lee@dfo-mpo.gc.ca by Monday, July 18, 2022.
Harvesters must provide their FULL NAME, FIN, HOMEPORT in their email.
DFO advises of the season dates and catch limits for the 2022 2J3KL Northern cod Stewardship fishery as indicated below:
In NAFO division 2J, the fishery is scheduled to open on Sunday, July 24 and is scheduled to close on Saturday October 15, 2022.
In NAFO divisions 3KL, the fishery is scheduled to open on Sunday, July 24 and is scheduled to close on Saturday November 5, 2022.
Catch Limits (all weights are round weight)
In NAFO division 2J, the following 2022 base bi-weekly authorized catch limits for cod apply:
July 24 - September 3: 30,000 lbs base bi-weekly
September 4 - October 15: 40,000 lbs base bi-weekly
In NAFO divisions 3KL, the following 2022 base weekly and base bi-weekly authorized catch limits for cod apply:
July 24 - August 13: 3,850 lbs base/week
August 14 - September 10: 7,700 lbs base bi-weekly
September 11 - November 5: 8,500 lbs base bi-weekly
For fish harvesters that have acquired additional cod shares through enterprise combining adjusted catch limits will be identified in their licence conditions.
To promote the distribution of catch throughout the season in 2022, harvesters will have the option of fishing the regular season at the weekly base catch limits identified above, or they may opt to fish only during the fall from September 11 to November 5, 2022 in 3KL.
Fall only Fishery Option (applicable to NAFO Divisions 3KL only):
Fish harvesters that choose the 3KL fall only fishery option will not be able to fish prior to September 11 and may only fish from September 11 - November 5, 2022 with a limit of 17,000 lbs base bi-weekly (round weight).
Any harvester who does not select the fall only fishery option by the deadline will receive conditions authorizing them to fish in the same NAFO area as their homeport. A 2J based licence holder will receive conditions for July 24 - October 15 and a 3KL based licence holder will receive conditions for the regular season (July 24 - November 5) at the catch limits identified above.
Should in-season adjustments to catch limits or seasons be required, industry will be consulted and updates will be communicated to harvesters via a Notice to Fishers.