Angry P.E.I. lobster fishermen land on DFO lawn

Two busloads of angry P.E.I. lobster fishermen arrived on the lawn of the federal fisheries office in Moncton Thursday to discuss what they call an unfair loophole in their fishery over licences in the Northumberland Strait.

Two busloads of angry P.E.I. lobster fishermen arrived on the lawn of the federal fisheries office in Moncton Thursday to discuss what they call an unfair loophole in their fishery over licences in the Northumberland Strait.

They said they know of at least two fisherman who plan to land their lobsters on P.E.I. wharfs using out-of-province licences, including one who will fish with a Nova Scotia licence and another who will use a leased licence from a First Nations band in New Brunswick.

Danny Arsensault, president of Prince County Fishermen's association, said the two-hour meeting with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans resolved some problems, but not all.

"I guess to sum it up, what we asked for was the condition that, no matter what province you're from, you set, you land and you fish out of your province. Which only would be fair." said Arsenault. "We did not get a yes on it, so we've still got work to do on it, but we've made some gains."

DFO said it is against regulations for a fisherman to land traps on PEI with an out-of-province licence.