FGCAC members work towards 5 action items:
1) Water and Land Permitting
2) Onshore Disposal
The onshore disposal team is researching and planning for a future waste management program for end-of-life fishing rope and lobster traps in Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec. The team has completed their research of current end-of-life fishing gear management and released reports for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec. The team has also conducted engagement sessions with key stakeholders. You can learn more about their project on their webpage! This project is currently being funded by DFO’s Sustainable Fisheries Solutions and Retrieval Support Contribution Program.
3) Best Management Practices (BMPs)
The BMP team has developed an overall set of BMPs for the entire Atlantic Region, which is currently under review by the FGCAC. Following this, a focus group will help assess if the BMPs can be applied to the entire Atlantic Region, or if they need to be scaled-down more locally.
5) Hot-spot Mapping
The Mapping team is working with rights holders and stakeholders and leveraging local knowledge to make information more accessible in order to create, refine, and expand hot-spot maps of known gear loss areas in Atlantic Canada – increasing both efficiency of retrieval and safety for all.
Each Action Team reports back to the FGCAC during each member meeting, and to the FGCAC Coordinator in writing on a quarterly basis for compilation in an Annual Report at the end of each fiscal year.
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