Striped Shrimp (Pandalus montagui) in Canadian waters, Shrimp Fishing Area (SFA) 2, Demersal otter trawl

Pandalus montagui
Content last updated
01 April 2015
Stock
Striped Shrimp (Pandalus montagui) in Canadian waters, Shrimp Fishing Area (SFA) 2
Management
Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Canada
Stock Status
4 of 5
High risk
Management
1 of 5
Very low risk
Bycatch
3 of 5
Moderate risk
Habitat
3 of 5
Moderate risk

Stock status

4 of 5
High risk

Pandalus montagui in Canadian waters, Shrimp Fishing Area 2 (SFA 2) was scored moderate to high risk. This is because the species has a relatively low maximum vulnerability score of 34/100 (Townsend, 2014), and the population trends are uncertain – either stable and fluctuating or rather declining.

Management

1 of 5
Very low risk

The management of the Pandalus montagui fishery has been scored a very low risk. This is because management decisions are informed by an annual stock assessment and there is a comprehensive regulatory framework in place. The management measures in place adequately protect the stock from overexploitation, and regulations are enforced and independently verified.

Bycatch

3 of 5
Moderate risk

The bycatch impact of the demersal otter trawl fishery for striped shrimp in SFA 2 has been scored a moderate risk. This is because bycatch in the demersal otter trawl fleet is negligible (<5% of total catch weight for northern and stripped shrimp combined) and all vessels in the fishery have taken steps to reduce the absolute quantity of bycatch using a Nordmore separator grate and to minimise the bycatch of threatened species through best practice.

Habitat

3 of 5
Moderate risk

The habitat impact of the demersal otter trawl fishery for striped shrimp in SFA 2 has been scored a moderate risk. Although demersal otter trawls interact with seabed habitat, all vessels in the fishery have taken steps to reduce their habitat impact by using appropriate gear technology and several closed areas have been established to protect sensitive seabed habitats.