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2013 Snow Crab Season CFA 24 DFO Science. Landings AreaYearLandings (t)Mean lbs/trapTrap Hauls N-ENS20115352444822 20126032595126 20137832347377 CFA 232011657525257514.

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1 2013 Snow Crab Season CFA 24 DFO Science

2 Landings AreaYearLandings (t)Mean lbs/trapTrap Hauls N-ENS CFA CFA

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8 Soft / White Crab Lowest levels on record in S-ENS Lowest levels on record in S-ENS Best Handling Practices: Best Handling Practices: –Avoid dropping these crab from heights (out of trap or back into water) –Lower air exposure time- summer temperatures very hard on crab who live at 0-4ºC –Dont hold by legs- these crab often die after losing a leg –Think compound interest- every white crab that survives can mate and then enter fishery

9 Observer Data Area Landings (t)Observed (t) % Landings ObservedTraps SampledCrab Sampled N-ENS (6.5) S-ENS (9.1) CFA (9.4) CFA (8.8)

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12 Soft Shell Catches Area Soft Crab Observed (t) Est. Soft Crab Discard (t) % Quota Discarded Soft N-ENS % (8.9 in 2012) CFA % (5.3 in 2012) CFA % (7.7 in 2012)

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14 Survey Survey vessel (F/V Gentle Lady) sunk in December. All crew safe. Survey vessel (F/V Gentle Lady) sunk in December. All crew safe. No survey gear lost. No survey gear lost. Have one year remaining in current contract with W.T. Grover Fisheries. Have one year remaining in current contract with W.T. Grover Fisheries. –Great track record with DFO science –Intend to continue providing same high level of service for snow crab survey Hoping to use another vessel from same company (very similar to past survey vessel) Hoping to use another vessel from same company (very similar to past survey vessel) Same captain and crew Same captain and crew Contingent on DFO Contracting / legal Contingent on DFO Contracting / legal

15 Assessment and Funding Generally positive feedback about science funding approach in 2013 from industry Generally positive feedback about science funding approach in 2013 from industry –Double license for each licence rather complicated –All individuals in ENS paid (working with 4X now) DFO Ottawa proposing moving to a new system in future based on last year. DFO Ottawa proposing moving to a new system in future based on last year. Current indications are that 2014 will use a near identical approach for 2014 Current indications are that 2014 will use a near identical approach for 2014 –quota off top of TAC –Funds per license expected to be very close to last year –Hoping to move to a multi=year approach but doubtful for 2014


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