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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
DECEMBER 2010 - JANUARY 2011/VOLUME 13/NUMBER 6
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New Integrated Fisheries Management Plan
for Area 22 Lobster
Lobster

DFO  R. Larocque

The Quebec Region of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has just completed the new integrated fisheries management plan (IFMP) for lobster in Area 22 (LFA 22), which surrounds the Magdalen Islands. This IFMP is the first published by the Quebec Region since the herring plan for 4S came out in 2007.

The IFMP serves to provide a framework for efforts to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. It consolidates all the information available about a stock or a species in a single document, making the information needed for a thorough understanding of the issues surrounding a fishery readily available.

The plan presents the background and socio-economic importance of the relevant fishery as well as available information on the species’ biology. In addition to this factual information, it defines the issues and objectives that will guide—in this case—the management of Magdalen Islands lobster from 2010 to 2014.

The IFMP for LFA 22 lobster was drawn up by local managers, the biologist in charge and regional DFO specialists. It was then submitted to the Association des pêcheurs des Îles-de-la-Madeleine (APPIM) for validation to make sure the plan’s issues and objectives truly reflect the concerns expressed over the last few years. The long-standing collaboration between APPIM and DFO facilitated implementation of this management tool. The plan will be updated every year in response to recommendations made by the local advisory committee, whose members include harvesters appointed by APPIM to represent the lobster harvesters in their community.  

The IFMP informs the industry and the general public about the conservation efforts made by harvesters. This transparency will make it easier to assess the sustainability of the fishery. “Updating the IFMPs for Quebec’s main fish stocks is a priority for the Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Management Branch,” says its director, Patrick Vincent. The IFMP for lobster area 22 is the first in a long series to come.”  

The integrated fisheries management plan for Area 22 lobster is available at Fisheries and Oceans Canada offices in Quebec and will also be offered in an electronic version on the Web.


Cédric Arseneau
Fisheries and Aquaculture Management