Unsettled spring lobster fishery closes

P.E.I.'s spring lobster fishery closed Monday and many fishermen hauled their traps to put another unsettling year behind them.

Season was 'all over the board,' says P.E.I. Fishermen's Association

Lobster season wraps up


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It was another rocky year for P.E.I. lobster fishermen with low prices, quotas and too few processing workers. 2:11

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.

P.E.I. lobster fisherman Victor Clow says this was the worst lobster season he's encountered in 60 years. (CBC)
Prices ranged from $3.75 for canners to $4.25 for markets — better than last year, but well below what fishermen used to get.

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.

Bryce Coady says now that lobster fishing is done, he will again head to Alberta to look for work. (CBC)
"Nobody knows what the price is, they don't know who sets it, you know, where the storage is, how much lobster we need, where it's going. These are things we need answers for and we need them now."

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."


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