The P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association recently held a draw to choose participants to assist in the 2017 4RST Halibut Longline Science Survey.
Participants assist in the collection of data on the abundance, distribution and biology of Atlantic halibut in the Gulf of St. Lawrence through a scientific longline survey and tagging program.
A total of 75 captains who submitted a ballot and 20 names were drawn. The first 11 captains will be contacted and those that accept a station will stay on the draw order list. Those that opt out/decline the stations available will come off.
The names selected were:
Michael J. Palmer
John Murray MacLeod
The project is funded through each station’s allotment of 880 pounds of Atlantic halibut. If all 880 pounds aren’t caught within the scientific station, the fisher is permitted to go to a location of their choice after the scientific sampling is complete to catch the remainder of their allotment. An approved observer is required for all trips, both those within the scientific station and any trip to catch the remainder of the allotment.