PEI

Tuna quota unchanged, fishermen disappointed

P.E.I. fishermen are expressing disappointment but little surprise that the quota for Atlantic tuna will be unchanged for 2014.

P.E.I. fishermen are expressing disappointment but little surprise that the quota for Atlantic tuna will be unchanged for 2014.

Canada was one of 47 countries that gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, to decide on the quotas. A scientific assessment done last year showed the recovery of the tuna isn't happening as quickly as hoped.

Troy Bruce, who fishes out of Kingsboro, P.E.I., said from the perspective of fishermen on the Island the tuna stocks are very strong.

"From what we see in our own area we would definitely feel there should be an increase," said Bruce.

"Most guys are not happy with our quota, but at the same time I guess if we can remain status quo it's better than taking a decrease."

Bruce said given the scientific reports he didn't think anyone was surprised the quota was not increased.

Canadian Fisheries Minister Gail Shea is currently reviewing scientific data and public input to decide whether to list these fish as endangered, something a committee of Canadian experts recommended two years ago.

Further study of these fish expected next spring should help guide that decision.

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