Unsettled spring lobster fishery closes
Season was 'all over the board,' says P.E.I. Fishermen's Association
P.E.I.'s spring lobster fishery closed Monday and many fishermen hauled their traps to put another unsettling year behind them.
Prices remained low and fishermen in many harbours were put on boat quotas as processors looked for enough workers to process the lobster.
While some fishermen had large catches, others didn't.
"Well, this was one of the worse seasons we had for 60 years. First there were no lobsters at all … the whole north side was down this year," said Victor Clow, who has been fishing for about six decades since he was 13.
Mike McGeoghegan, president of the P.E.I. Fishermen's Association, said: "It's going to be all over the board. Some guys are going to be really disgruntled and some guys, they're not happy, but they're satisfied."
Back to Alberta
Some fishermen say the Island needs more fish processors, while others say holding facilities are needed to keep lobster well after the season closes.
"We have an industry that's all over the board when the season starts," said McGeoghegan.
With the season over, fisherman Bryce Coady says he'll travel to Alberta again.
"There's all kinds of work as long as you're willing to get up in the morning and go for it," says Coady.
"It sucks. There is no place like P.E.I., that's for sure. But if you can't put food on the table, you have to go someplace else."