Fisherman: PEI lobster panel 'a joke'
An independent panel to review low lobster prices this year will end up being nothing but a joke, says the president of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association.
“They’ll do nothing but sit around having steak dinners and drinking cognac,’’ said Mike McGeoghegan, about the independent panel announced last week to address low prices in the lobster fishery.
“If this was happening in any other province (low prices), the wheels would be flying off the bus.”
The Pinette fisherman was responding to the panel announced by the fisheries ministers of P.E.I, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick who met in Amherst last week to work collectively on marketing initiatives in an effort to increase shore price for lobsters.
The announcement followed a lobster strike initiated by Island fishermen over a CAD 2.75 to CAD 3.25 price ratio for canners and markets. The strike swept through the Maritimes and nearly brought the industry to a standstill.