The PEI Fishermen’s Association will hold a Registration & Draw for fishers who wish to participate in the Fixed Gear Sentinel Groundfish Survey for 2017.  PEI Independent Core fishers in possession of a valid groundfish license may apply to fish in one of the 5 specific sites proposed for 2017.  Participating fishers must be able to demonstrate experience in the groundfish longline gear fishery.  Fishers who participated in Sentinel Fishery any year from 1996 - 2016 inclusive, are not eligible to register. 

 Registration Dates/Times:    9AM-4:30PM Weds, May 24th & Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Location:                                Farm Centre, 420 University Avenue, Charlottetown

Fee:                                        $50.00 including HST

Payment Method:                 Cash, Cheque, Credit or Debit Card

How to Register:                   Fishers can register in person, by phone or send a representative with written permission authorizing registration on the fishers’ behalf.  Arrangements can also be made with the buyers/coops with proper authorization.

Required Information:         Captain’s name, phone #, FIN #, Groundfish license #, vessel name, VRN#, and requested sentinel site location.

 The Draw will be held Thursday, May 25th after the completion of the Registration. 

 The fishery will take place July 2nd - November 18th, 2017.  The total number of days fishing will be eight (8). The maximum number of days that you can fish in one week is two (2).  A minimum of 1250 hooks (size 12 circle - 1 fathom apart) and maximum of 2500 hooks will be used (divided equally between two sites).  All Atlantic Halibut must be returned to the water. At-Sea-Observers must be on the vessels whenever the gear is fished (fish onboard the vessels).  Observers are not required during the setting of the gear provided that no fish are being brought aboard. Pre-existing sites set out by DFO must be used.

 For more details on survey requirements or registration, contact the PEIFA Office at (902) 566-4050. 

 Click the following link to view map of site coordinates:  http://www.tastepeilobster.ca/docs/PEI map & positions 2016 - sentinel.pdf