Certifier : 
Lloyds Register (Acoura)
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
24 Jun 2011
Certificate expires : 
19 Dec 2021


Two species of Pandalus (prawn/shrimp) are harvested in Canadian waters of the northwest Atlantic. Northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) is much more abundant and widespread in commercial quantities, and is the subject of most of the studies and assessments. Striped shrimp (Pandalus montagui), although widely distributed from Davis Strait to the Grand Banks, is most abundant in more northerly areas and at shallower depths.

A total of 13 vessels operate in the two fisheries. They use demersal (bottom) otter trawls, with a minimum mesh size of 40mm. Nets are fitted with a Nordmore separator grate. Shrimp pass through the grate, but other fish are directed upwards to an exit window in the upper panel. The grate is mandatory in all fishing areas.

Recent landings by the fleet are approximately 50,000-60,000 metric tonnes per year.