The fall herring season in Western P.E.I. was down to one last trip Tuesday night.
Kenneth LeClair, chairman of the Western Gulf Fishermen’s Association’s herring advisory committee, said Tuesday only 120 tonne was remaining in the fall quota. He said fishermen would be allowed 10,000 pounds per boat and, if they all caught their limit the area would go slightly over its quota.
The fishery has been good this fall, LeClair said, but he argues the quota is too small for the amount of herring that’s available in the area. He said it’s been that way for years.
LeClair remains hopeful the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will recognize the strength of the fall fishery in the area and increase the quota once the management plan opens up after this season.
The fishery was so good this fall that most participants returned with loaded boats on most trips. The season would have been over already if it were not for several nights of wind that kept boats off the water.
Fishermen have been receiving 20 cents a pound for their catch which LeClair regards as a decent price. Last year they received 28 cents a pound.