Registration being held for sentinel groundfishery

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The PEI Fishermen’s Association will hold a registration & draw for fishermen who wish to participate in the Fixed Gear Sentinel Fishery for 2012. 

Fishing will take place in five specific areas proposed for 2012 with  longline gear vessels only.  PEI Independent Core Fishermen in possession of a valid groundfish license may apply to fish in one of these areas. Participating fishermen must be able to demonstrate experience in the groundfish longline gear fishery. 

Registration will take place at the PEIFA Office (420 University Avenue, Charlottetown, on June 5 and 6 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Registrants may apply in person or send a representative with written permission authorizing him/her to register on their behalf with a copy of the applicant’s valid groundfish license.

The draw will be held at approximately 5:15 p.m., June 6, at the completion of the registration.  Fishermen who participated in Sentinel Fishery any year from 1996 - 2011 inclusive, are not eligible to register. The registration fee is $50.00 (GST included). 

The fishery will take place between Monday, July 2, 2012, to Saturday, November 17, 2012.  The total number of days fishing will be nine  and  the maximum number of fishing days in one week is two. A minimum of 1250 hooks (size 12 circle - 1 fathom apart) and maximum of 2500 hooks will be used.

All Atlantic Halibut must be returned to the water and at-sea observers must be on the vessels whenever the gear is fished. Observers are not required during the setting of the gear provided that no fish are being brought aboard.

Organizations: PEI Independent Core Fishermen, PEIFA Office

Geographic location: PEI Fishermen, Charlottetown

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