The PEI Fishermen’s Association will hold a Registration & Draw for fishers who wish to participate in the Fixed Gear Sentinel Groundfish Survey for 2018. PEI Independent Core fishers in possession of a valid groundfish license may apply to fish in one of the 5 specific sites proposed for 2018. Participating fishers must be able to demonstrate experience in the groundfish longline gear fishery. Fishers who participated in Sentinel Fishery any year from 1996 - 2017 inclusive, are not eligible to register.

Registration Dates/Times: 9AM-4:30PM Tues, June 26th & Weds, June 27th, 2018
Location: Farm Centre, 420 University Avenue, Charlottetown
Fee: $50.00 including HST
Payment Method: Cash, Cheque, Credit or Debit Card
How to Register: Fishers can register in person, by phone or send a representative with written permission authorizing registration on the fishers’ behalf. Arrangements can also be made with the buyers/coops with proper authorization.
Required Information: Captain’s name, phone #, FIN #, Groundfish license #, vessel name, VRN#, and requested sentinel site location.

The Draw will be held Wednesday, June 27th after the completion of the Registration.
The project will take place July 4th – November 15th, 2018. The total number of days fishing will be eight (8). The maximum number of days that you can fish in one week is two (2). A minimum of 1250 hooks (size 12 circle - 1 fathom apart) and maximum of 2500 hooks will be used (divided equally between two sites). All Atlantic Halibut must be returned to the water. At-Sea-Observers must be on the vessels whenever the gear is fished (fish onboard the vessels). Observers are not required during the setting of the gear provided that no fish are being brought aboard. Pre-existing sites set out by DFO must be used. Additional mangement measures may be added to mitigate North Atlantic Right Whale interactions.

For more details on survey requirements or registration, visit www.peifa.org or contact the PEIFA Office at (902) 566-4050.