Lobster industry looks to students for labour shortage

The P.E.I. Fishermen's Association is in talks with Holland College to design a course for people who want to work on lobster boats.

Lobster fishing course could help crew problems

The P.E.I. Fishermen's Association has a plan to get students out on the water lobster fishing for a summer job. (Submitted by Rhonda Gallant)

The P.E.I. Fishermen's Association is in talks with Holland College to design a course for people who want to work on lobster boats.

Lobster boat captains are having trouble finding crew. They say many potential workers have moved out west, and others are retiring.

Ian MacPherson, executive director of the P.E.I. Fishermen's Association, said a short Holland College course on lobster boats skills and safety may be particularly appealing to college athletes looking for a job to help them keep in shape.

"There's lots of great athletes at Holland College, for example, and wouldn't that be a great summer program to work on a fishing boat, said MacPherson.

"Stay in top shape and be ready for football or basketball or whatever sport you come back to in the fall. So I think it's got a lot of advantages that will appeal to a lot of people."

Working on a lobster boat is very physical, said MacPherson, but it also offers lots of fresh air on the open water. It pays about $900 a week, he said.

If approved the course could begin this fall.

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