The P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association says it will likely go ahead with a one-cent lobster levy for Prince Edward Island, even if the other Maritime provinces pass on the idea.
On Tuesday, representatives from the association told a committee of MLAs looking into lobster prices that fishermen are frustrated with getting rock bottom prices for their catches while consumers are paying $40 or more for lobster in restaurants.
Two recent consultant’s reports on the industry both recommended a penny-a-pound levy to raise money for a targeted marketing campaign, but suggested it should be a Maritime-wide initiative led by the Lobster Council of Canada.
PEIFA President Mike McGeoghgan said Tuesday P.E.I.’s fishery cannot wait for the other provinces to get on board.
“We’ll end up doing it on our own. We can’t wait for (the Lobster Council of Canada) to do this,” McGeoghgan said.
“Marketing is always a plus no matter how you do it. So I think it will be good. And hopefully the other provinces will come on side so we’re all doing the same thing at the same time, but if they don’t we’re going to go ahead without them.”
The fishery representatives and MLAs discussed many of the factors currently putting stress on the industry and debated some potential solutions that could help increase shore prices.
Several MLAs pointed to a statistic in former auditor general Colin Younker’s review of the industry that found in Nova Scotia, over 80 per…