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Lobster fishermen on P.E.I.'s North Shore will lay the same number of traps again this year.

Chris Wall fishes out of Malpeque Harbour. He told CBC News Wednesday he would give up traps if other fishermen in his district would agree to join him.

Lobster fishermen on P.E.I.'s North Shore, LFA 24, voted down a proposal in 2012 to reduce the number of traps they put in the water.

The proposal was to cut the number of traps allowed from 300 to 270.

Chris Wall supported the proposal at the time, and he would like to see it considered again. "Any reduction will reduce the amount of landings coming ashore the first few weeks when the processors don't seem to be able to handle them, when they're involved in snow crab fisheries as well," said Wall.

"Every little bit would help when there's a glut and they're putting you on quotas. It would just give the appearance if nothing else that we were at least attempting to do something."

In a recent meeting the North Shore lobster fishermen did vote in favour of moving the start of the spring fishery ahead to the last Monday in April, up to six days earlier than the current start date of May 1.

It's not clear if the proposal for the earlier season will be approved by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Clarifications

  • A previous version of this story suggested fishermen in LFA 24 recently voted down the idea of trap reduction. That meeting actually took place in 2012.
    Feb 26, 2014 5:19 PM AT