NOTICE TO ALL PEI INDEPENDENT CORE
The PEI Fishermen’s Association will hold a
Registration & Draw for fishers who wish to participate in the Fixed Gear
Sentinel Groundfish Survey for 2019. PEI Independent Core fishers in possession of
a valid groundfish license may apply to fish in one of the 5 specific sites
proposed for 2019. Participating fishers
must be able to demonstrate experience in the groundfish longline gear
fishery. Fishers who participated in
Sentinel Fishery any year from 1996 - 2018 inclusive, are not eligible to
Registration Dates/Times: 9AM-4:30PM Weds, June 19th &
Thursday, June 20th, 2019
Centre, 420 University Avenue, Charlottetown
Payment Method: Cash, Cheque, Credit or Debit
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. NEW OPTION IN 2019: FISHERS CAN REGISTER/PAY ONLINE BY CLICKING
ON THE LINK AT www.peifa.org
Required Information: Captain’s
name, phone #, FIN #, Groundfish license #, vessel name, VRN#, and requested
sentinel site location.
The Draw will
be held June 20th after the completion
of the Registration.
The project will take place July 4th – October
31st, 2019. The total number
of days fishing will be eight (8). Fishing must begin in July and
2 trips per month required (July, August, September and October); this is in
order to obtain data throughout the season. 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.
New to 2019 Sentinel:
For the sentinel trips only, each
vessel MAY be required to activate a VMS (Blackbox) system if there is one
already onboard or a GPS tracking system provided by the Observer and/or a
camera provided by DFO.
- Dynamic Management
Measures will apply so temporary closures due to North Atlantic Right
Whale sightings will apply to Sentinel sites as well. Participating
fishers will need to confirm with DFO before each trip that the sentinel
sites they are about to fish are not closed and that they can proceed to
fish. Additional management
measures may be added to mitigate North Atlantic Right Whale interactions.
For more details on survey requirements or
the PEIFA Office at (902) 566-4050.
Click this link to view the project protocol and requirements: http://peifa.org/members/docs/2019 SENTINEL GROUNDFISH SURVEY PROTOCOL AND REQUIREMENTS.pdf
Click on this link to view the map of sites: http://peifa.org/members/docs/2019 Sentinel map.png
Click on this link to view the coordinates and site location names: http://peifa.org/members/docs/Coordinates and Sites - 2019 Sentinel .png