Gulf Region
EKME: 4199689
Charlottetown, PEI– October 8, 2020 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is announcing that there will be a second reallocation fishing period to fish for Atlantic Halibut. Fishing will be authorized for individuals who were selected by a draw and meet the eligibility criteria. This reallocation is for the Prince Edward Island (PEI) groundfish fixed gear fleet, with vessels less than 13.716 metres (45 feet) in overall length that have registered to fish Atlantic Halibut in 2020.
Individual Allocation: The Atlantic Halibut allocation remaining for the PEI fixed gear fleet in 2020 is 10.936 metric tonnes. Based on the number of registered participants, an individual catch limit of 261 kg round weight will be implemented. To convert dressed (head on, gutted) weight to round weight, multiply dressed weight by 1.14.
Season: The second reallocation fishery will take place from 4 a.m. on October 12th until
4 p.m. on October 21 . Licence holders are not permitted to leave port until 2 a.m. on the
day of an opening and must return to port by 6 p.m. the day the fishery closes.
Management measures similar to 2019 include:
 The maximum number of hooks permitted to be fished or onboard a vessel at any time is 300.
 Maximum individual by-catch limit of 50kg of cod. All fishing activities must cease once this bycatch limit is reached.
 100% Dockside Monitoring
NEW management measures in place for the 2020 fishing season: Gear Marking
Gear marking is in place in this fishery. Specific requirements are explained in the Notice to Fish Harvesters issued January 31, 2020 and details of these requirements can also be found in the licence conditions.
For PEI longline, the gear marking colours will be blue and pink.

Management measures to minimize interactions with North Atlantic Right Whales

The management measures to protect the right whales are available at the following Internet address: bnan/management-gestion-eng.html

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Ben Moore
A/Area Chief, Resource Management Gulf Region
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Charlottetown, PEI
(902) 370-7094

Daniel Lapierre
A/Regional Senior FAM Officer Gulf Region
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Moncton, N.B.