DFO has announced the details of the 2012 re-allocation of Bluefin tuna quota remaining after Sept. 30 within the PEI tuna fleet sector.
There is a requirement for fish harvesters in the commercial fleet sector to register with the PEI Fishermen Association (PEIFA) for the re-allocation draw. Registration for the draw will be held at the following locations: Red‚Äôs Corner, Tuesday, Sept. 25, and Farm Centre, 420 University Avenue, Charlottetown, Sept. 27 9 a.m. ‚Äď 4 p.m. The draw will follow the Charlottetown meeting.
Fishers are asked to apply in person and be in possession of their PEI tuna licence number and personal identification. Those unable to register in person may send a representative with written permission authorizing him/her to register on the fisher‚Äôs behalf. A representative must be in possession of the fisher‚Äôs tuna license number.
Fishers selected in the draw will be subject to confirmation by DFO that they meet the eligibility requirements to participate in the 2012 PEI tuna reallocation. Only those who have registered for the redraw on or before September 27th and who meet that active definition (active license will be defined as a license to which a tag has been assigned to it by condition of license, has registered at least 1 hail-out with a DMC during the regular season, Aug 1-Sept 30, and/or landed a fish within that timeline) will be re-allocated additional tags up to a predetermined number by DFO managers to ensure that the entire 2012 allocation is captured before season end.
Due to the recent DFO decision, catch history from 2011 will have no bearing on the 2012 eligibility for this draw.