July 15, 2020
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NOTICE TO FISH HARVESTERS
2020 PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND – BLUEFIN TUNA FISHERY
Charlottetown, PEI– July 14, 2020 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) today announces that fishing will be authorized for the 2020 Prince Edward Island (PEI) Bluefin Tuna season.
SEASON DATES: In 2020, fishery will open on July 15th and end on December 31st or until the quota nears 0 mt.
Each licence holder will be issued one tag at the beginning of the season.
Licence holders with no fishing effort by September 30, 2020 will not be eligible to
participate in the second opening of the fishery in October, unless they hold a Mexican
tag distributed by the PEIFA.
Licence holders eligible for a reallocation tag must use one tag by September 30, 2020.
A reallocation tag can be picked up at any time prior to September 30, 2020 once the first
fish has been landed.
Licence holders eligible for a reallocation tag that having fishing effort but did not use
their first tag by September 30, 2020, will be eligible to retain their first tag.
Licence holders in a partnership must land two tuna by September 30, 2020. A
reallocation tag can be picked up at any time prior to September 30, 2020 once the first
fish has been landed.
Partnerships will be valid for the whole season, unless DFO is notified otherwise.
The Prince Edward Island Bluefin Tuna fleet will have access to a portion of quota
transferred from Mexico to Canada.
For licence holders to hail out, they must call the Vessel Hail-Out System at 1-800-561-
2467, at least 3 hours prior to departure for any fishing trip. Licences holders must select an At Sea Observer Company in the IVR system, even though an observer will not be deployed.
Licence holders should note that having a Bluefin Tuna tag in your possession allows access to fish but does not guarantee your quota.
Licence holders that are requesting a temporary dart tag, must record the dart tag number in Annex II, prior to fishing. Dart tags are non-transferrable.
Licence Holders will have to print Licence Conditions for 4RST and 4WD separately.
NEW management measures in place for the 2020 fishing season:
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: http://dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fisheries-peches/commercial-commerciale/atl-arc/narw- bnan/management-gestion-eng.html
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TAG AVAILABILITY: Bluefin Tuna tags and temporary dart tags will be available at the
DFO PEI Area office from 8:00am to 4:00pm, on Monday through Friday. There will be a
maximum of one dart to every Bluefin Tuna tag, depending on availability. Temporary dart tags
will be free of charge, compliments of, The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
A/Area Chief, Resource Management Gulf Region
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Charlottetown, PEI
Regional Senior FAM Officer Gulf Region
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Moncton, N.B.