Amherst to host fisheries ministers meeting

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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.

Organizations: Wandlyn Inn, Marine Stewardship Council

Geographic location: Amherst, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia

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  • Dan Earle
    May 15, 2013 - 18:13

    I predict that nothing helping the fishermen will come out of this. The Ministers' are on the run and have no clue to solutions. On their behalf, why would we expect them to have solutions. They are just regular people voted in to office, appointed to positions in which they have no qualifications, and are expected to come up with solutions. Most any of us with any education would have the same problem if we were placed where they are.