Rules

Halifax Tuna Tournament Society

HNSITT Fishing Rules are outlined below and any final updates will be provided at the registration and Captain’s Meeting.

Tournament Rules

All fishing team and boat crew must adhere to the DFO license rules and regulations throughout the tournament as specified in the linked document below.  Under all circumstances standard DFO tuna fishing conditions, reporting and monitoring requirements will apply as defined in the Recreational Bluefin Tuna Fishing License rules.  All anglers are responsible for reviewing and adhering to the conditions specified in the license.  Copies of the final DFO license regulations will be provided during registration and must be present on board your vessel during any fishing periods.

DFO LICENSE RULES

LINK TO DFO RULES 2014 EXAMPLE:     334136 – Halifax Int’l Tuna Tournament (Amendment)

In addition to the fishing conditions as specified in DFO’s license, the following rules apply:

Note: This is an “All Tackle” tournament with no restriction on fishing line weights, however, power assisted reels will not be allowed.

  1. Maximum six anglers per boat each day, plus boat captain and mate if required.
  2. At the start of each day every boat must depart from Bishops Landing, or their alternate moorage location within the Halifax/Dartmouth/Bedford regional area. All boats must call in to the committee (volunteers at Bishop’s Landing) at nominally 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. to inform them of their fishing status, and also once they are secured at their berth at the end of each day.
  3. No hi-grading or cutting off fish in order to continue fishing.
  4. No passing of anything between boats.
  5. No aircraft spotting or guidance.
  6. 8:00 am shot gun start on day 1 off the Bishop’s Landing dock, all other days teams are permitted to leave Bishops Landing or, their alternate moorage location within the Halifax/Dartmouth/Bedford regional area at 5 am. Lines out at 5pm.
  7. Final Day fish must be in at the dock by 5:00pm if they are to count towards tournament points. Fish landed later will still be accepted for IWK Hospital donation.
  8. In order to allow ALL teams a fair opportunity to catch a tuna, teams that have caught their first fish may be allowed to continue fishing on subsequent days depending on the catch rate as outlined in the Second Fish Rules (see example below).
  9. The tournament ends on the last posted tournament day, or when all 10 tags have been landed. All teams may be allowed to fish through an extended date period subject to DFO agreement (to be confirmed) or until all ten tuna tags have been filled, to maximize our donation to the IWK children’s hospital.
  10. First place is awarded to the team registering the single heaviest fish regardless of catch order.
  11. In addition to hail requirements with the data monitoring company, hook-up’s and landed fish are to be called in to the committee via cellular phone (contact #).
  12. Once the 10th fish is landed the tournament is over.
  13. Once the 10th fish is landed, a message will be broadcasted on channel (TBD) and/or by cell phone for all anglers to cease fishing. In this event if anglers have a fish hooked, the line must be cut unless additional quota can be arranged (to be confirmed at Captain’s Meeting).  All teams are responsible for having clear communication between their vessel and the tournament committee (cellular phone and or VHF). Follow up calls will be made to each vessel. At least one number (cellular) must be left with the tournament committee.
  14. Teams and vessels are to provide proof of insurance during registration to be in compliance with WDCL moorage at their facilities in Halifax.

Reporting Rules Infractions

A fee of $200 is required to protest a single team.  This is a non-refundable fee and is required on a per protest basis.  Any team(s) wishing to launch a protest against any team(s) whom they feel has breached any rule or combination of rules may do so by doing the following:

  1. Submit in writing their intent to protest naming the team in question
  2. Include the $200 fee per protest
  3. Submit any form of evidence which a team feels is reasonable to support their claim
  4. The rules committee will review the evidence put forth and make a ruling prior to the final awards ceremony
  5. The team(s) who have launched the protest(s) and team(s) being protested will be informed of the final decision prior to the final awards.

Etiquette

Boats are to respect fellow competitors, at all times. Reasonable distance should be kept from all boats fighting fish. If requested by a boat fighting a fish, other boats shall keep clear until the fight has concluded.

The Halifax Nova Scotia International Tuna Tournament is a qualifying event for the following spring Offshore World Championship in Costa Rica.

 

Example Tag Allocations for Second-Fish Rule

Depending on the number of boats participating, and the rate that tuna are being caught, and recognizing that there are only 10 tags for the tournament, a boat may be asked to standdown for a maximum of two days during the 5 day tournament.  This request would only be made if the boat has already caught a tuna, and the cumulative number of tuna caught exceeds a threshold.

The second fish rules depend on the number of registered boats. An example for twelve registered boats is as follows:

  • At the end of the first day of fishing if three or less fish have been caught, tags will be issued to the successful teams to fish again on the second day.
  • At the end of the second day if a total of five or less fish have been caught, tags will be issued to the successful teams that have not yet caught their second fish, to fish again on the third day.
  • At the end of the third day if a total of seven or less fish have been caught, tags will be issued to the successful teams that have not yet caught their second fish, to fish again on the fourth day.
  • On the fifth day all registered boats will have tags to use as long as the tournament has not caught a total of ten fish.

Fishing stops immediately if the tenth fish is caught on any day.

Note the above rules can be modified by the Board of Directors if we have unfavourable weather conditions.