FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA
NOTICE TO FISH HARVESTERS
April 3, 2020
FISHERIES MANAGEMENT ORDER REQUIRING ALL AUTHORIZED FISHING ACTIVITIES TO BE CARRIED OUT WITHOUT ANY AT-SEA OBSERVER ON BOARD FISHING VESSELS
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada has issued a Fisheries Management Order (FMO 2020-01), under section 9.1 of the Fisheries Act, which requires that all authorized fishing activities be carried out, on a temporary basis, without any at-sea observer coverage.
Under this Fisheries Management Order, the following requirements are imposed:
1. All fishing activities authorized under the Fisheries Act must be carried out without any at-sea observer being onboard fishing vessels;
2. Any person authorized to carry out fishing activities under the Fisheries Act is required to not authorize any at-sea observer to come on board any fishing vessel.
This Fisheries Management Order prevails over any regulations made under the Fisheries Act, any orders issued under those regulations, and over any conditions of any lease or licence issued under that Act.
This Fisheries Management Order takes effect on the day on which it was signed (April 2, 2020) and will remain in effect for a period of 45 days.
Chief, Policy and Regulatory Development Conservation and Protection Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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