Bearded skipper hit of China seafood expo

Teresa Wright
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Norman Peters, the "bearded skipper", stands outside the Rustico Harbour Fisheries Museum in this recent photo.

P.E.I.’s bearded skipper was the breakout star of a recent seafood expo in China.

Fisheries Minister Ron MacKinley gave an update in the P.E.I. legislature Wednesday about a recent P.E.I. seafood trade mission to China and ended up singing the praises of well-known North Rustico lobster fisherman Norman Peters.

Peters, who is known as the bearded skipper for his uncanny resemblance to the fictional Captain High Liner, was part of the trade mission. His singular look made the P.E.I. booth at the China expo quite the attraction.

“Word spread through the expo quickly that there was a bearded skipper in a captain’s hat from Prince Edward Island posing for pictures,” MacKinley said.

People were lined up almost out the door of the facility.

“For three full days, he tirelessly promoted Prince Edward Island. He was a big hit and his picture even appeared on the front page of the newspaper in Beijing,” MacKinley continued.

“Of all the people there, Norman Peters was front page — the bearded

skipper. He’s a great ambassador not only for P.E.I. but

also for the P.E.I. tourism industry.”

MacKinley said overall the mission was a success, as it provided local seafood exporters access to buyers from around the world.

“One company picked up business from as far away as Algeria,” MacKinley said.

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, China, North Rustico Beijing Algeria

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  • Hey Ronnie...
    November 15, 2012 - 18:00

    Hey Ronnie, The ocean called... They want their fish back!!

  • aongasha
    November 15, 2012 - 17:12

    bububububut I thought trade with China was a bad thing according to Federal Libs and the NDP. Please tell them you know different Ronnie.

  • Great
    November 15, 2012 - 16:35

    Mr. Peters, thank you for promoting PEI. Asian purchasers came to the east coast of Canada & the US last year to pre-buy fish for this year as their fishing has been drastically affected by the nuclear accident 2 years ago. I was told that they couldn't even get a meeting with a representative from PEI. THEY CAME HERE CASH IN HAND LOOKING TO PREBUY! Instead, we spend a few hundred thousand sending useless people on free trips for no reason other than to get them off of PEI for a change. Put businessmen/women in charge of the province. People who have actually worked for a living.

  • How much
    November 15, 2012 - 16:22

    How many people went on this trip. Who were they. How much did the trip cost taxpayers.

    • ED GALLANT
      November 17, 2012 - 17:01

      Tens of thousands of dollars spent on a useless trip to China and all Ronnie can talk about is the self promotion of a Captain Highliner wannabe? I said it then and I say it now. Disgraceful! Lobster fishermen this fall had trouble selling their catch at the low price of $2.50 a pound. That isn't even close to break even figures. If you think dealing with the Americans is tough, wait till the Chinese get through with you.

  • dm
    November 15, 2012 - 15:00

    They have never seen an old man with a white beard? weird maybe they thought he was captain highliner, They must have taken him to china for a real lesson on rapeing the sea did they? They should make one of their slogans "seafood get it while you still can"

  • PEI Tour Guide
    November 15, 2012 - 12:29

    It takes a GREAT "criker" from "The Crik" to do a GREAT job for Prince Edward Island's GREAT Seafood and Tourism Industries. Keep'r up Norman!