CHARLOTTETOWN - An historic gathering will occur Thursday morning as fishermen from all three Maritime provinces assemble in Charlottetown to unite in an effort to put a halt to low lobster prices.
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Maritime lobster fishermen will not be on the water on Thursday, they will be Charlottetown pressing for high lobster prices.
Usually at odds over issues, fishermen from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are expected to unite with hundreds of Island fishermen for a protest gathering at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Charlottetown at 11 a.m.
“Support is starting to pick up on the mainland as well and we are going to be asking for the same price as last year,’’ said P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association president Mike McGeoghegan, who attended wharf meetings in Graham's Pond, Naufrage and Tignish Wednesday. “We feel $4.75 is reasonable.”
Island fishermen across the province tied up boats Wednesday to protest a $3 lobster. They were looking for $5 a pound, but are now prepared to yield to the lower price in an effort to divert industry chaos and the jobs of hundreds of plant workers and processing operations.