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COMMERCIAL - Pelagics: Tuna

Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0326-COMMERCIAL - Pelagics: Tuna - Reminder of May 5 Deadline for Permanent Vessel Replacement for USA 68 Licence Eligibility Holders ranked 1 - 110

As a final reminder to all USA Section 68 licence eligibility holders:

USA Section 68 licences ranked from 1 – 110 on the licence eligibility list are
eligible for permanent replacement to an alternate vessel prior to a control
date of May 5 for the 2010 season. Owners of vessels ranked from 1 – 110 on the
eligibility list may make applications to the PFLU for vessel replacement to
vessels of any overall length. Vessel owners are advised that this is a
permanent replacement and the originating vessel will be replaced on the list
of eligible vessels with the new vessel in the associated ranking order.

Fish harvesters are advised that any implementation of private arrangements
pertaining to licences is the responsibility of fish harvesters.

Completed applications for permanent vessel replacement must be received by a
PFLU by 16:00 hours on May 5, 2010 to be included on the eligibility list of
USA 68 licenced vessels permitted to harvest in US waters for the 2010 season.
While May 5 is the control date for applications for permanent vessel
replacements, licences do not need to be issued by this date. (i.e. if you do
not wish to make a permanent vessel replacement for the coming season there is
no deadline for licence applications).

In addition to vessel replacement application requirements, the following rules
- USA Section 68 licences are not married to any vessel based licences.
- Vessels are permitted to hold more than one USA68 licence at a time, although
only one USA68 licence may be valid at a time.
- The replacing vessel may be of any overall length.
- A confirmation letter from CHMSF is not required prior to a permanent vessel
replacement but is required prior to licence issuance.

Vessel replacements after May 5, 2010 are not permitted and may only occur
under exceptional circumstances and with the concurrence of the government of
Canada and subject to no objections by the US government.

Vessel owners/licence eligibility holders are again reminded to reference their
2010 conditions of licence and the 2010 Integrated Fisheries Management Plan
(IFMP) for more detail. The 2010 Tuna IFMP will is now posted at http://www-

To download the replacement form 'Application to Replace a Commercial Vessel'
please see the pacific licensing website at:



Cynthia Johnston at 604-666-2188

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0326
Sent April 30, 2010 at 10:32
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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