Tag Archives: Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association

Price plunge: P.E.I. lobster fishermen say they’re losing $2/lb

Some P.E.I. lobster fishermen say they were told Thursday they would get $4.50 a pound for market lobster and $4 a pound for canners — a $2 drop. New Brunswick lobster fisherman received similar news, which led a number of fisherman to tie up their boats in protest. Shelton Barlow fishes lobster out of Howard’s Cove, P.E.I., and when he heard of the lobster pricing Thursday he couldn’t believe it. In his 40 years of fishing, Barlow said, this quick price drop is the worst he’s ever seen. click here to read the story 10:44

P.E.I.’s fall fishery facing falling lobster prices, surging dollar

Bobby Jenkins, Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association president, says there are a much smaller number of fishermen harvesting lobster in the fall, compared with the Island’s spring fishery. That, he said, may help maintain prices but there are storm clouds on the horizon. P.E.I.’s fall lobster fishermen set their gear in the Northumberland Strait between Victoria and North Cape on Tuesday. They share the lobster fishing zone with New Brunswick fishermen and a few harvesters from Nova Scotia. The first full catches of the season will be landed today. click here to read the story 09:59

Canadians are contesting New Hampshire’s supposedly record-breaking lobster roll

Perhaps not since the Pork and Beans War has New England been engaged in such an inconsequential food-related dispute with its northern neighbors. But here we are. Last weekend, the Portsmouth, New Hampshire location of the local pub chain British Beer Company set out to break the record for the world’s longest lobster roll, previously set last September by the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association. And according to the Portsmouth restaurant, they did it — beating the Canadians’ 120-foot-long roll with a heaping creation just shy of 160 feet. click here to read the story 16:57

Canada has MPA Fever – Atlantic Canadian fishermen not hooked on idea

A federal government plan to speed up the creation of more marine protected areas in Canada is getting pushback from some Atlantic Canadian fisheries groups. Marine protected areas are established to protect species at risk or unique species from human interference. These areas can close designated ocean and coastal areas to economic activities like offshore energy development and fishing. “This is a huge impact on all the fisheries in Canada,” said Ian MacPherson, the executive director of the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association. MacPherson and other fishing industry representatives outlined their concerns this week in appearances before the parliamentary standing committee on fisheries and oceans. click here to continue reading the story 12:04

Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association names Bobby Jenkins new president

The new president of the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association is entrusting the decision-making responsibilities of the 1,280-member organization in the hands of his board of directors. “You’ve got to work with your board of directors and take your direction from them,” Annandale fisherman Bobby Jenkins said Monday following his weekend election. He takes over from Craig Avery who did not re-offer following two and a half years at the helm. “I congratulated Craig for doing the same thing. I felt Craig took great direction from the board, and I said I don’t intend to do it any differently,” Jenkins said in reference to comments he made to membership during the association’s annual meeting. continue reading the story here 15:35

P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association favors conserving the recourse over extending the season

live-lobsterThe Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association won’t be asking the federal government to extend the spring lobster fishery despite a slow start to the season.  There was an expectation in recent days that Island lobster fishermen would seek an extension to the spring season. In a responsible decision Wednesday, fishermen announced they would not pursue that option. Everyone on this province is well aware the weather in May and deep into June was predominantly cold and damp. Things finally improved – or at least got warmer – on the weekend, once you discount the gale force winds Saturday afternoon, Sunday and Monday. Over those first seven weeks of the fishing season, a number of days were lost because of windy conditions. Many other days on the water were not pleasant, with persistent bone-chilling easterly or northerly winds. Read the rest here 10:12

PEI: Fishermen, processors try to sway Jason Kenney on foreign workers

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association and Seafood Processors Association spent two hours Sunday with  trying to change his mind about the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. The purpose of the meeting was to explain to the minister why they couldn’t find local Islanders to staff their operations. Read the rest here 11:06

Halibut-tracking test hopes to prove quota increase needed

Michael MacDonald with the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association says they’re trying to make a case to Fisheries and Oceans Canada that fishermen should be allowed to catch more halibut. As it stands now, each Island fisherman can take in just over 100 kilograms. Read the rest here 07:38

Fall lobster season off to a windy start on P.E.I.

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Because of the windy forecast Fisheries and Oceans Canada didn’t make the final decision to go ahead with setting day until Thursday night. The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association says five of 10 Island harbours wanted to wait until Monday. <Read more here> 07:54

Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association questions LFA23 lobster extension

CHARLOTTETOWN — Although the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association has condemned a Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ decision to add five days to the end of the spring lobster fishery in New Brunswick’s Lobster Fishing Area 23, a co-chair of the Area 24 Lobster Advisory Committee on Prince Edward Island’s north shore views the DFO move as precedent-setting. Read more here 19:51

Boat quotas now in place for some PEI lobster fishermen –

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ALBERTON — The president of the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association expressed frustration Tuesday of a situation that has suddenly found some Island lobster fishermen on boat quotas and others looking for buyers for their catches. Read more here  15:46

ATTENTION FISHERS: Fisheries Skills Training Courses – Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association

*All the above listed courses will be held at the Summerside Marine Training Centre. Information, and agenda here  10:03