ALBERTON -- The 2013 P.E.I. tuna season is nearing its end and it is unlikely any additional tags will be issued.
The second phase of the season opened Friday with individual tags issued to just 57 of the 359-member P.E.I. tuna fleet. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans took the average weight of tuna landed during the initial season, which ran from July 15 and September 30 and estimated 57 tuna would use up the Island’s remaining allocation.
From the time the fishery reopened Friday morning until Monday evening 42 tuna have been landing, leaving just 15 fishermen still in search of a tuna.
The Department has revised its figure to 360 for the number of tuna landed up until September 30. It indicated 358 members out of the 359-member tuna fleet had landed a fish, and one tag each was issued and used by the two tuna tournaments in the province.
Saturday has been the busiest day since the fishery reopened, with 18 tuna delivered to buying stations. There were seven big fish landed Friday, nine on Sunday and eight on Monday.
A total of 123.03 MT out of the Island’s 125.979 MT allocation had been landed by Monday. A department official was non-committal on whether all 15 remaining tags will be utilized, but indicated there will be no room left in the allocation to issue additional tags.