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1 New Emerging Fisheries: Another chance to "get it right" in the management of Canada's marine resources Bruce G. Hatcher Bras Institute for Marine Ecosystem Research, Cape Breton University Anthony Charles Management Science / Environmental Studies, Saint Mary's University OMRN Conf.-2007

2 Scraping the bottom of the East coast fish barrel or “the arse is out of ‘er b’ys” Capitalist inertia, poverty &/or desire for lost ways of life leads to quest for here-to-for ignored fish ‘resources’ What are the consequences for a trophically- challenged ocean? Where is the balance between ecological & economic sustainability? Between economic efficiency and equitable access? How can we manage these “emerging” fisheries better? (than we did those of the past)

3 Policy vacuum All fisheries were new sometime, but the big ones emerged under the (unwritten) resource grab (< 1979) or economic compensation (1992-2002) ‘policies’ “Under-Utilized Species” were (and still are) treated by the regulating agency as a means to divert effort and assuage client demand for new access to fish The tenets of the Oceans Act mean that these fisheries can not be developed as in the past

4 New Fish Policy Evolution: variable in time & space Develop, for economic benefit of industries & communities at taxpayer’s expense –Poor cousin of the established fisheries in terms of resources allocated for science & management Ignore, because existing fisheries are productive, or costs perceived to > benefits Develop, for benefit at proponent’s expense on a case-by-case basis –Use JPA’s to fund science with fish Permit access on a case-by-case basis according to graduated proof of sustainability

5 Canada’s New Emerging Fisheries Policy - 2001 Definition is flexible, includes ‘old’ species in new grounds, new entrants & long, low effort fisheries Explicitly recognizes the needs for precaution and consideration of ecosystem effects Provides a progressive, interruptible, 3-stage process towards a commercial license: –Stage 1: find resource, demonstrate catch & market –Stage 2: assess resource, demonstrate direct & indirect effects of fishing –Stage 3: generate sustainable exploitation, monitoring & business plans Proponent pays for research & development. –JPAs allow compensation in fish until Larocque 2006

6 Anatomy of a New Emerging Fishery Species is poorly known to fisheries science, and even to biological & ecological sciences –Often low recruitment, growth & reproduction Distribution and abundance of resource is not quantified, time series are short or absent Fishing expertise is poorly developed Market is weak, sporadic &/or distant Research & Management expertise is weak Funding for research is scarce Interest & commitment is initially high, but fickle

7 Some examples Hag fish Sea Urchin Surf Clam Monk fish initiation date1987/951989/931987/07?1995 time to license1y/>10y<1y/5y2y/5y-No science baseNoNo/H-BNo/StockCPUE ecosyst m baseNo No/YesNo manag mt baseEffort & Gear Effort / Area TAC - ITQ TAC By -catch # of applicants1/717/294/15 allocation criteria FC-FS / Invest mt FC-FS / Capacity FC-FS / buy outs Inter- view outcome (‘07)Sustain d Develop g Sustain d Closed

8 Atlantic Surf Clam “Discovered” by DFO researchers in 80’s Vulnerable resource in robust habitat Opened to 4 companies in 1986 –Fixed quota, enterprise allocations 1994 market issues force restructuring No scientific basis for management until 1997 –Stock assessment & quota lowered. 2002 JPA signed with monopoly company 2003(07) stock assessment doubles biomass estimate for one area, results in science advice of 100%+ increase in quota Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Maritimes Region Science Advisory Report 2007/034 ASSESSMENT OF THE OCEAN QUAHOG (ARCTICA ISLANDICA) STOCKS ON SABLE BANK AND ST. MARY’S BAY, AND THE ARCTIC SURFCLAM (MACTROMERIS POLYNYMA) STOCK ON BANQUEREAU

9 Access & Allocation Allocation of licensed access to ‘new’ public fish resources involves vital decisions –Should be made in the public interest –Analogous to allocation of radio frequencies: CRTC review panels The making of such decisions in the case of new fisheries is (and long has been) unclear in rules, variable in application and unpredictable in outcomes. –Leads to uncertainty and perceptions of inequity What policy elements might best use the opportunity provided by emerging fisheries?

10 Sustainable Development of New Fisheries Current use of limited resources should be in best interests of present AND future generations –Present use often DOES jeopardize future use Address all Four dimensions of Sustainability: –Ecological - M

C), innovation (Comp tn ) & multiplier effects (societal & ecosystem $ >> fish $) –Social - equitable distribution & healthy communities –Institutional - stable legal, policy, admin. & operations require adequate human & financial resources

11 Science perspectives Population models of new fisheries are never available and expensive to derive (guessTAC) Monitoring initial time series of geospatial CPUE is rarely done, but is the best investment Fishery-independent information (R-S, legacy data, LEK) is often available but poorly used Limited human capacity & funding and data delay estimates of ecologically sustainable exploitation levels Partnerships in research with fishery proponents are essential, but independent public investment is also (JPAs problematic)

12 Economic perspectives Maximize Efficiency - greatest overall benefits (economic, social & ecosystem) for least cost –distribute benefits (& risks) across all dimensions of sustainable development Control Capacity - just enough or somewhat less than required to achieve sustainability objectives –flexible development to avoid over-capacity Foster Innovation - usually linked through Competition –fully consider the effects of diversity vs. monopoly

13 Social Perspectives Social, as well as ecological and economic considerations are part of sustainable development of emerging fisheries New fisheries are emerging in a transitional down-sizing and diversification of the seafood industry in Eastern Canada Decisions on the allocation of access to fish resources that support the self-reliance of coastal communities have high potential benefits.

14 Pareto-optimal solutions? Emerging fisheries are the acid testing ground for ecosystem-based fisheries management Area-based management of habitat exploitation and impacts is an appropriate & affordable alternative to population model-based management of emerging fisheries Legislatively mandated decision-making based on power-sharing between government agencies, the fishing sector and with other representatives of community interests will allow the broader vision of maximum combined benefit with acceptable ecological and economic cost to emerge

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