Fisheries ministers gather for lobster summit

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HALIFAX – Fisheries ministers from the three Maritime provinces are scheduled to meet Wednesday in Halifax to discuss ways of strengthening the region’s struggling lobster industry.

The ministers are considering recommendations from an independent panel the provinces set up to reverse slumping lobster prices.

One of the recommendations called for a levy on each pound of lobster caught to help pay for a marketing campaign aimed at boosting the fishery’s profile.

The levy would cost the industry about $2.5 million annually.

The panel’s report also said fishermen and the various processing and buying groups lack information, concentrate on quantity over quality and don’t co-operate with one another.

Representatives from the industry will also be attending the meeting.

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  • chief wiggam
    March 26, 2014 - 10:37

    Jessica its called supply and demand.

  • Jessica
    March 26, 2014 - 10:06

    How hard is it for the buyers to pay the fishermen a decent price? They buy the lobster off the boats & you see it a few days later at Sobeys for double the price the fishermen were paid. Obviously everyone has to make money but the fishermen also need to make a living. Everyone is sooo shocked the young people are leaving to go west but most of them come from fishing communities & see their parents struggle. There's no future in the fishing industry; congrats to the government, and greedy buyers, for killing that off.