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P.E.I. lobster fishermen are considering taking over responsibility for tagging traps. ((CBC))

The P.E.I. Fishermen's Association says it's being kept in the dark regarding lobster trap tags by the federal government.

The association said it was told by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans the government will get out of the business of distributing tags by the end of the year.

PEIFA has expressed interest in picking up those duties.

The group has said the tags — used on each trap in the water so DFO can monitor whom the traps belong to — are an important conservation measure.

Ian MacPherson, the association's executive director, said he was told to expect more information in mid-September. But so far, he said he hasn't heard anything.

MacPherson said he has a lot of questions for DFO if his group does take over the responsibility.

"Where do we get the tags, the interaction with conservation and protection, how's that going to go? What administration is required? All those kinds of things," said MacPherson.

"So we've got a lot of questions but we haven't been able to get the answers."

No one from DFO was available to speak about the situation.