Tag Archives: Fisheries Minister Ron MacKinley.

On the hot seat! MLAs want to know what MacKinley has done to help P.E.I.’s struggling lobster industry.

Fisheries Minister Ron MacKinley will soon have to explain to both Liberal and Tory MLAs what he has done to help the Island’s struggling lobster industry. The provincial Standing Committee on Fisheries and Rural Development met this morning in Charlottetown to decide their work plan for the coming months. Read more here  17:35

PEI Fishermen, processors still in talks – Lobster season starts again with no prices

P.E.I. lobster fishermen have begun another season without knowing how much they’ll be paid for their catch. Mike McGeoghegan, president of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association, said last spring fishermen would never again haul traps without knowing the price, but the season started as scheduled last week without a published price.  Read more here 

Fisheries minister Ron MacKinley wants fishermen, processors to negotiate lobster prices

Fisheries Minister Ron MacKinley says he is pushing for a pilot project that would see P.E.I. lobster prices negotiated by fishermen and processors before the spring fishing season.The issue was first raised in question period Thursday when Independent MLA Olive Crane questioned MacKinley on whether he would consider establishing a lobster price setting mechanism, as recommended by the Maritime Lobster Panel. MacKinley said he has asked the Fishermen’s Association and the Seafood Processors Association to get together and work out how this could be accomplished [email protected]  17:18

MacKinley needs own own plan for marketing lobster, not Maine’s: LaVie

Fisheries Minister Ron MacKinley has abandoned Island Lobster fishermen entirely and has no plans of any kind to work with fishermen, says PC Fisheries Critic Colin LaVie.  “The Governor of Maine is supporting his fishing industry. Why is Ron MacKinley not doing the same?” asked LaVie.  [email protected]   23:13

New marketing efforts in Maine could benefit everyone in the industry by leading to increased demand, says Fisheries Minister Ron MacKinley.

MacKinley said he thinks what is happening in Maine could lead to higher prices for Island lobster fishermen. “The more lobsters that we can move, the more it should help the price,” he said. Lobster fishermen in the Atlantic region have marketing help through the Lobster Council of Canada, which was established to promote the product as part of efforts to get higher prices. [email protected]  14:24