The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced that partnerships in the P.E.I. Bluefin Tuna fishery will be continued for the 2017 season.
Partnership arrangements will remain valid until Dec. 31, unless there’s an indication the partnership is to end after the first fishing period. The first fishing period opens at 5 a.m. Aug. 1 and will continue to 11:59 p.m. Sept. 26. A reallocation fishery will run from 5 a.m. Sept. 29 to Dec. 31, or when quota is caught.
To be eligible to enter into a partnership arrangement, fishers must have a commercial tuna licence and be eligible to receive a DFO issued tuna tag. A maximum of two licence holders will be permitted to create a partnership, and both fishers must be in the vessel while fishing for tuna.
Other details regarding the management plan will be released later.