Fisheries and Oceans Canada and commercial prawn fishery industry work in partnership to ensure ‘tubbing’ can continue for the 2021 season
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May 4, 2021
Vancouver, British Columbia – The Government of Canada understands how important the Pacific prawn fishery is to British Columbia’s economy and culture. The Government will continue to manage the fishery responsibly and sustainably, and support the harvesters whose income depend on it.
Today, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, confirmed her support for an interim protocol that would allow harvesters to freeze their catch, a process commonly known as “tubbing.” This Protocol, developed by the Pacific Prawn Fishermen’s Association will help prawn harvesters ensure that their catch, including catch frozen in tubs, is readily available for inspection by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Fishery Officers and legally available for sale.
Monitoring and enforcing size limits within the commercial prawn fishery helps ensure that the prawns are being harvested sustainably. Many harvesters freeze prawn tails in seawater, and DFO recognizes the consistent efforts they have made to have their catch ready for inspection.
The Department looks forward to continued engagement with the Pacific prawn industry over the coming year on the development of different packaging practices or other measures that will help ensure the continued sustainable harvest of British Columbia prawns.
The Government of Canada will continue to take a cautious approach to fisheries management, one that prioritizes the conservation and sustainability of the stocks.