Deadline for ordering tags for the spring crab fishery is noon on Friday
Snow crab fishermen hit the water with their gear Monday morning but lobster fishers will have to wait until Saturday morning before they can set their traps. Some fishers participate in both fisheries. - Eric McCarthy/Journal Pioneer
TIGNISH – Gulf Region fishermen will have another supplier from which to choose when ordering tags for the 2013 fishing season.
Tignish Initiatives has announced that it has been approved by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as a gear tag supplier for Prince Edward Island and the entire Canadian Gulf Region. Fishermen can obtain tags for all species requiring tags (with the exception of Bluefin tuna which will continued to be handled by DFO), by calling Tignish Initiatives direct at 902-882-2230 or by visiting their website at dfotags.com to fill their order.
Tignish Initiatives joins the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association as a tag supplier from this province.
“We’re here and it’s just an additional piece of work for us,” said Tignish Initiatives general manager, Anne Arsenault, in explaining why her organization applied to be a supplier. “We’re used to managing lots of different projects. It’s another project for us,” she said.
Arsenault anticipates having to hire some part-time help while the service is ramping up. She said arrangements have already been made with a company to manufacture the tags.
She encourages fishermen to place their orders as soon as possible to ensure delivery before the spring fishing season.
The deadline for ordering tags for the spring crab fishery is noon on Friday. Fishermen have until Feb. 28 to place their order for lobster tags. The cost to the fishermen has been set at 40 cents per tag plus taxes and shipping.
Tag orders will be shipped directly to the fishermen. Fishermen can either pick up replacement tags at Tignish Initiatives, or they can make arrangements to have them couriered out overnight.