Harvesting Proposals

Quota Allocation Process

A competitive and stable harvesting process

At NDC Fisheries, we are focused on generating sustainable employment and a sustainable shellfishery for all eligible NunatuKavut fisherpersons.



Based on feedback received from NCC Fish Harvesters, the process for quota allocation will be as follows:

A. Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for entry in a lottery to harvest crab or shrimp associated with NDC Fisheries licenses, a harvester must:
1. Be in good standing with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and eligible to harvest as per DFO regulations;
2. Be a vessel owner-operator in the fleet which they are applying;
3. Be a member of the NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC);
4. Be a full-time resident of Labrador;
5. Have a minimum of three (3) NCC crew members if part of the supplementary fleet, or two (2) NCC crew members if part of the inshore fleet. Please note this does not include the vessel owner-operator.
6. Agree to harvest at the royalty percentage as set by NDC Fisheries Limited in SCHEDULE A;
7. Agree to land all NDC Fisheries quotas in Labrador;
8. Agree to harvest NDC Fisheries quota with the same vessel that was used to harvest their own quota;
9. Agree to report catch statistics as required by DFO and NDC Fisheries Limited;
10. Agree to report catch information and royalty structure to processing facility upon landing to ensure timely and accurate payment to NDC Fisheries Limited;
11. Agree that the failure to harvest the full quota will result in a penalty equal to 90% of unharvested quota value and will result in a disqualification of eligibility from harvesting in the next season.

B. Rules
1. Each vessel meeting all eligibility criteria as set out in Section A will be entered in the species lottery to take place prior to the 2019 harvesting season. The results of the species lottery will set the species rotation, which will remain in effect in subsequent harvesting seasons until such time that NDC Fisheries Limited determines that the existing process requires an update and/or change. It is NDC Fisheries’ intent to ensure the rotation will remain in effect for one (1) full rotation for supplementary crab, inshore crab, and shrimp.
2. Separate lotteries will be held for shrimp, supplementary crab, inshore crab and other species as applicable.
3. Harvesters will have to reapply on an annual basis to ensure eligibility as set out in Section A to hold their position in the species rotation. Failure to meet all eligibility requirements as set out in Section A will result in the harvester being removed from the species rotation. Should they meet the requirements again in a future year, they will be added back to the bottom of the rotation.
4. New entrants that meet all eligibility criteria after the 2019 lottery shall be entered at the bottom of the species rotation.
5. The number of harvesters selected per year will be determined after the number of eligible harvesters within each species/fleet has been identified.
6. The quotas will be divided in a way to at least allocate an average trip amount per harvester selected, and all selected harvesters each year will receive an equal amount of allocation.
7. Should a harvester be unable to catch NDC Fisheries quota in a year in which they are designated, they must notify NDC Fisheries in writing as soon as possible. In such a case, the next eligible harvester as per the species rotation will have the first right of refusal to the quota and so on until a replacement harvester has been found. Should a harvester be unable to harvest NDC Fisheries quota, or refuse a quota when it becomes available, they will be moved to the bottom of the species rotation.

To request a Harvesting Application, please contact:
Denley Rumbolt, Fisheries Development Officer
NDC Fisheries Limited
Phone: (709) 921-6569 Email: [email protected]

Deadline for applications is Friday, April 10, 2020 at 4:00 pm Atlantic Time.

Harvesting Applications must be submitted by fax, email or in-person to:
Fax: 709.921.6567
Email: [email protected]
In-person: 32-34 Lodge Bay Road, Mary’s Harbour, NL (Attention: Denley Rumbolt)



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