Tag Archives: PEI

P.E.I. fishermen welcome extension on deadline for gear to protect whales

Some members of the P.E.I. fishing community are welcoming DFO’s decision to extend the deadline for break-free fishing gear until 2024. This is when fishers will be required to use gear designed to break under 1,700 pounds to help species like the endangered North Atlantic right whale escape during an entanglement. “I mean, we’re certainly happy to see it extended,” said Marvin Jollymore, a lobster and eel fisher from New London, P.E.I.  “There’s so many questions as to, you know, how long does [the gear] last? You put it in, does it last one season? Does it last two seasons, does it last forever? Is it only good for half a season?” >click to read< 07:59

PEI halibut season half over

According to Danny Arsenault, who co-chairs the PEI Ground Fish Advisory Board, catches in 4T5 and 4T7H (an area off the west coast previously closed) show promise this year. Ten boats fished the area during the July opening and got their quota. The partial opening of the area is allowed by DFO to see if there can be a viable halibut fishery in the area without influencing the cod stocks. Quota for halibut, an Atlantic flat fish that can grow up to 400 lbs, has been doled out a little differently for the past several years for PEI license holders, explained Mr Arsenault. >click to read< 11:02

Crab boat damaged after crash at Red Point Rock

A crab boat has been damaged after it struck Red Point Rock, near Souris, P.E.I., Saturday afternoon. The rock formation is well-known to local fishermen and is considered dangerous. Jeffrey MacNeill, a volunteer firefighter, was one of the first to arrive at the accident scene. The boat had between four and five crew members and was towed back to shore, MacNeill said. The process took several hours. >click to read< 17:58

PEI Snow crab season delayed by ice in Gulf – expected to start on May 1

CBC_News_logoSnow crab fishermen on P.E.I. are anxious to get out on the water since ice conditions have delayed the season. cbcnews  Read more here 14:28

Maritime fisheries ministers appointed Lobster panel starting its work – Discussions to take place in PEI, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2The three-member independent panel appointed by Maritime fisheries ministers to examine factors affecting lobster prices will begin meeting with industry organizations in early July. [email protected]

PEI, NB fishermen demanding better prices – They argue questions require an immediate response:

The Sou’Wester – While they have been locked in a word of words for the last several months over carapace size, lobster fishermen in PEI and New Brunswick  now find themselves allies in a battle to convince processors to close a  major price gap compared to other major fishing areas on the Eastern Seaboard. continued