To discuss price situation facing lobster fishermen
The fisheries ministers from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are meeting in Amherst this afternoon to talk about the situation facing lobster fishermen in the region.
AMHERST — Fisheries ministers from the Maritime provinces will meet today at 1 p.m. at the Wandlyn Inn in Amherst to discuss the price situation affecting the region’s lobster fishermen.
Fishermen from all three provinces had tied up their boats for four days over the weekend in an effort to increase low prices for lobsters. The crisis forced governments to get involved to try and deal with the situation.
N.S. Fisheries Minister Sterling Belliveau had said Monday he was meeting with the New Brunswick and P.E.I. fisheries ministers this week to plan the formation of a panel to look into creating efficiencies and structural changes in the industry.
Belliveau told N.S. fishermen the province would provide “financial support” toward the multimillion-dollar cost of getting Marine Stewardship Council certification for the lobster fishery as a sustainable industry.
As well, he said his province will also fund a marketing campaign for Nova Scotia lobster.
P.E.I. Fisheries Minister Ron MacKinley is attending the 1 p.m. meeting. There will be a media availability at 3 p.m.