The evaluation Criteria for Sustainability Plans for LFA Wide Conservation Measures for Atlantic Lobster Fisheries.
Copied below is the conclusion of our Draft Sustainability which we have submitted to DFO for review. You can view the whole document by clicking here or download and save the file at the bottom of this page.
In terms of the conservation measures for Atlantic lobster fisheries, LFA27 exceeds the sustainability requirements in terms of improved prospects for biological productivity as defined by sufficient egg production to protect recruitment potential. LFA 27 exceeds the sustainability requirements in terms of reliable reporting as defined by independently verifiable information to support management and science processes. LFA 27 exceeds the sustainability requirements in terms of reduced ecosystem impacts as defined by monitoring and minimized impact of lobster fishing activities on ecosystem.
LFA 27 harvesters are interested in the long term sustainability of the fishery: They voted for size increases and have thus increased egg production in their LFA and are continually involved in research towards a better understanding of their resource. Improving the capacity to increase communications within the LFA is necessary to achieve these goals. Projects in support of economic viability, conservation management and governance must be developed in order to ensure optimal benefits for harvesters, the sustainability of the fishery and the viability of the LFA’s coastal communities.