ALBERTON -- With so little quota remaining, it is anticipated that most P.E.I. tuna fishermen who are still in possession of tags will be back on the water Tuesday.
Fishing was described as good on Monday, using up much of the Island's remaining allocation.
Of the 359 tuna fishermen eligible to catch one tuna a piece during the initial allocation that closed September 30, only 57 fishermen were issued individual tags for the second phase of the allocation.
Department of Fisheries and Oceans reported that 356 tuna were landed up until September 30.
As of 2 p.m. on Monday, 33 tuna had been landed since the fishery re-opened for the remaining allocation on October 4. There were still hooks in the water.
Figures on the actual weight of the fish, and thus, how much allocation remained, were still being tabulated.
The department had ascertained that, as of 9 a.m. Monday, 92.41 per cent of Prince Edward Island’s total allocation of 125.979 metric tonnes (MT) had been accounted for.
That means 7.59 MT was still available to be caught (at 9 a.m. Monday), compared with 18.3 MT when the fishery reopened Friday.
The department had issued 57 tags prior to Friday’s re-opening, as that was the estimate of the number of fish, based on the 302 kg average weight of the fish landed during the first phase, that could be taken in the second phase of the season without exceeding the Island’s total allocation.
If the average weight of fish landed in this phase is heavier, though, the Department reserves the right to close the fishery before all 57 tags are used.