For 2019 the workplan will address the three Principles:
1. Principle 1 Stock Management
2. Principle 2 Minimising Environmental Impact
3. Principle 3 Management System
Further details under each of the principles are given below:
1. P1 Stock Management:
In the pre-assessment carried out on the fishery Indicator 1.1.5 was scored as less than 60 due to the fact that no harvest control rules are in place.
During the initial phase of the FIP work was carried out in relation to both quantifying and reducing the amount of “white” crab i.e. crab which has little or no meat content being landed at present which is of little or no use from a processing point of view and is therefore increasing removals from the stock without any significant economic benefit.
The FIP group continues to focus on working towards developing practical Harvest Control Rules which will contribute positively towards the status of the Irish Brown Crab stock. However a preliminary step before developing HCRs is improving the assessment of stock status which is described in the pre-assessment as weakly developed and requiring better basic catch and effort statistics.
To improve the knowledge base on the basic catch and effort data in the Brown Crab fishery which is required in order to develop HCRs.
- Develop with Marine Institute scientists a data collection programme which would improve knowledge on the stock status.
- Implement the data collection programme with a view towards informing the development of HCRs.
2. P2 Environment:
Again in the pre-assessment Indicator 2.3.3 was scored at 60 due to the fact information on ETP is poor. During the initial phase of the FIP an ETP record system was developed and implemented in the fishery.
To improve both the quantity and quality of ETP data.
- Continue to encourage vessels to implement the ETP recording system developed by the FIP.
- Ensure the ETP data is collated on an annual basis and provided to the Marine Institute for inclusion in the stock assessment.
- The ETP data will be validated by conducting a questionnaire and interview based survey with a sub-sample of the fleet.
3. P3 Governance and Policy:
Again Indicator 3.2.1 Fishery Management Objectives scored less than 60 in the pre-assessment carried out due to the fact there are no explicit fishery specific objectives.
The following is proposed to deal with same.
Fishery Management Objectives to be set for the FIP.
- FIP Group to evaluate the different types of fishery management objectives with a view to identifying how to set the most appropriate ones for this specific fishery.
- The process of agreeing specific objectives will take place as a specific agenda item across FIP meetings over the next 12 months and will be conducted by an experienced professional.
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