Fall lobster fishermen face uncertain season
P.E.I.'s fall lobster season opens Friday, and there is no word yet on whether prices will be any better than they were for the spring season.
The spring season was plagued by low prices and saw fishermen across the region protest by tying up their boats for several days.
Mike McGeoghegan, president of the P.E.I. Fishermen's Association, said no one really knows what to expect now.
"We were kind of hoping that we would hear some rumblings about price being set," said McGeoghegan.
"We are hearing that the Americans are not catching as much fish as they were in the past so that's a good sign, and we're hoping that's going to bring the price up for the fall guys so that they can make a decent living at fishing."
Over the last few years prices in the fall have been lower than those in the spring.
McGeoghegan said he hasn't had any word on the progress of the lobster panel studying the price situation in the region, but he said it could take some time to do the kind of work needed to come up with a solution.
About 218 Island lobster fisherman take part in the fall season in District 25, which includes the northwestern end of the Northumberland Strait from Victoria to Tignish, P.E.I.