Integrated Fisheries Management Plan

Lobster in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence

Lobster Fishing Areas 23, 24, 25, 26A, 26B

(Homarus americanus)

Gulf Region
P.O. Box 5030
Moncton, NB
E1C 9B6

March 2014



The purpose of this Integrated Fisheries Management Plan (IFMP) is to document the main objectives for the lobster fishery in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence as well as the management measures that will be used to achieve these objectives. This document also serves to communicate some basic information about the fishery and its management.

Where Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is responsible for implementing obligations under land claims agreements, the IFMP will be implemented in a manner consistent with these obligations. In the event that an IFMP is inconsistent with obligations under land claims agreements, the provisions of the land claims agreements will prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.

The Gulf Region comprises all the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence adjacent to the eastern coast of New Brunswick, the Northumberland Strait coast of Nova Scotia and Western Cape Breton Island, as well as the whole of Prince Edward Island. These waters, which represent about 1 per cent of Canada’s exclusive economic zone, account for approximately 15 per cent of the total catch of Canadian fisheries, and constitute one of the country’s most productive marine areas.

This IFMP is not a legally binding instrument which can form the basis of a legal challenge. The IFMP can be modified at any time and does not fetter the Minister's discretionary powers set out in the Fisheries Act. The Minister can, for reasons of conservation or for any other valid reasons, modify any provision of the IFMP in accordance with the powers granted pursuant to the Fisheries Act.