SUMMERSIDE – The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association has received $153,600 to conduct research on expanding the local halibut industry.
Halibut fishing boat
Federal and provincial government officials made the announcement recently in Summerside.
The association will begin research on Atlantic halibut by tagging healthy fish to understand whether Atlantic Halibut in the Southern Gulf are a distinct meta-population and to further understand the population size, vital life history and emigration. This knowledge will give the Prince Edward Island fishing industry a scientific basis to support decisions around management of the halibut fishery, allowing for potential growth in the industry.
The P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association along with the local fishermen’s associations have contributed $33,430 and the P.E.I. Atlantic Shrimp Corporation has made an additional investment of $49,000 into this research. The rest of the money is coming from the federal and provincial governments.
“There is a positive future in the halibut fishery, and this valuable research will enable us to collect essential information to assist in attaining a viable and sustainable fishery here on P.E.I,” said Mike McGeoghegan, president of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association.