The report from the Maritime lobster panel is getting a modest thumbs up from the head of the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association.
Mike McGeoghegan says, on first blush, the recommendations are “not too bad,” and that most fisherman are likely in favour of a levy to help pay for marketing.
He cautions he hasn’t heard from association membership yet.
But he said the big priority is dealing with price, and the biggest challenge is getting fishermen, buyers and processors to agree on how to move ahead.
He is urging all sides to move swiftly and decide which recommendations to work on.
"First of all we have to meet," McGeoghegan said. "That's the first thing. The last meeting we had was kind of strained. It was more than strained.
"I think we need to come to the table, probably bring a third party facilitator in so we can kind of keep the atmosphere down to a small roar.
"Price is the main thing right now. We need to get a decent price for our product."