The executive director of the P.E.I. Fishermen's Association is calling on the federal government to better assess the risks of oil exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Ian MacPherson wants Ottawa to study the potential impact of an oil spill on the seafood industry.

Halifax-based Corridor Resources has applied to do exploratory drilling in the Old Harry reserve between the Magdalen Islands and Newfoundland.

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board is conducting an environmental assessment on that project. That work is ongoing, according to the board.

MacPherson doesn't think the assessment goes far enough and wants a full, independent, expert review panel to evaluate Corridor's request.

He said there needs to be more clarity around the environmental review process used for projects like Old Harry. MacPherson said the work should include any possible affected areas if there's a spill, not just the immediate area where the project is located.