Only one tuna landed by P.E.I. fleet so far

Eric McCarthy
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TIGNISH -- The Island’s tuna fleet has its first fish of 2014.
A tuna was landed at Naufrage on Wednesday, the monitoring company, Island Weigh, reported.

The weight of the fish was not known, but the captain had estimated, on hail-in, that it might be around 250 kilograms.

Fishermen in the 359-member fleet must register for the fishery and hail-out with a monitoring company, either Island Way or Sea Tracker, before they go fishing.

An official with Island Weigh said this has been the busiest week since the season opened, with 11 hail-outs and the first catch. Sea Tracker reports four registrations and no tuna so far.

Members of the fleet have until September 30 to catch a tuna in the first part of the Island’s allocation. Any quota from its 125-tonne allocation remaining after September 30 will be divvied up to members of the fleet through a draw.


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