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P.E.I. Lobster Marketing Board hiring expert

The P.E.I. Lobster Marking Board is hiring a full-time marketing expert to help the fisherman raise the status of P.E.I. lobster.

The board hopes the marketing expert can help with day-to-day marketing and more

P.E.I. Lobster Marketing Board plans to hire a full-time marketing expert to raise the status of Island lobster. (Tom Steepe/CBC)

The P.E.I. Lobster Marking Board is hiring a full-time marketing expert to help the fisherman raise the status of P.E.I. lobster.

"There's a lot of things that are specific to P.E.I. that are high quality items and lobster is another one. That's why we're hiring the professionals we need to get that done right," said Charlie McGeoghegan, chair of the P.E.I. Lobster Marketing Board. 

The board hopes the marketing expert can help with day-to-day marketing and add to the advertising campaigns the board has already done.

Charlie McGeoghegan, chair of the P.E.I. Lobster Marketing Board, says Islanders can expect to see lobster signage on the side of tractor-trailers in a month or so. (Submitted)

​The board has been collecting a two-cent-per-pound levy for advertising purposes since the spring of 2016 — McGeoghegan said they received approximately $300,000 last year and roughly the same amount again so far this year.

McGeoghegan estimates the board has spent "a little over $100,000" in 2017 to market P.E.I. lobster, sponsoring the lobster festivals in Souris, P.E.I., and Summerside, P.E.I., preparing advertisements that will be seen on tractor-trailers and other announcements yet to come.

P.E.I. creating a 'niche'

"P.E.I. is the only province that has put their money where their mouth is to market lobster," McGeoghegan said.

He said he had thought about whether it would be better for P.E.I. to pool resources with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, if they had a levy, but has had a change of heart.

"At first I had thought that it would be good to pool it together, but when the other provinces aren't paying then I think it's better for us to do what we're doing and create a niche," he said.

P.E.I. first in Canada to create levy

P.E.I. lobster fisherman are the first in Canada to to create a levy to market their product, voting last year to introduce the two-cent-per-pound tax.

"The fisherman on P.E.I. voted to create the levy and to promote Prince Edward Island lobster — since then we've been focused on that," McGeoghegan said.

"We want to make sure the things we do invest in are good and provide profits back to the fisherman — that's what we're in the business of doing here."

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