Fishermen's association AGM hears lobster price concerns
Some in favour of levy to raise money for lobster marketing efforts
Fishermen on Prince Edward Island are still fuming at last year’s low lobster prices and some want a firm $5 a pound rate set before the spring season begins.
At the annual meeting of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association Friday, there was support for a marketing levy, but continued frustration at prices that dropped as low as $3 a pound last year.
"If any seafood processor cannot pay $5 a pound for lobster, they should not get a goddamn lobster,” fisherman Roger O’Neill said.
Premier Robert Ghiz opened this year's meeting with a speech pushing a promotion and marketing campaign for lobster.
"If we're going to be successful in world markets we can't sit back and wait for the phone to ring," he said. "We need to convince people all over the world to eat our lobster products."
A recent survey of lobster fishermen in western P.E.I. found three-quarters in favour of a one cent per pound levy to raise money for marketing efforts.
It’s a move being supported by some fishermen at the annual association meeting.
"We have to help in any way we can as fishers to move this product," lobster fisherman Bobby Jenkins said. "The penny a pound is a way of doing that. Personally myself I’m in favour of it, of doing something.
"I'm not sure how to proceed with it yet, but every fisherman has to speak."