Lobster strike coming to an end

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Fishermen from across the Island expected to return to the water, despite not getting an increase in the price

The solidarity Prince Edward Island fishermen built to hold out for better prices started to collapse Monday, prompting most lobster fishermen to return to the water Tuesday morning ending a week-long strike that paralyzed the industry.

North side fishermen from Seacow Pond to Red Head voted to return to fish, which essentially ended the lobster strike.

There were suggestions south side fishermen may stay in port for another day out of respect for Nova Scotia fishermen who joined the boycott along with fishermen from New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

“We won’t be fishing in our port Tuesday, but I don't know how long that will last,’’ said Beach Point fisherman Donnie Johnston.

Island fishermen were trying to get a better price but the swelling ranks of support from fishermen across the Maritimes started to unravel when fishermen in Tignish and Seacow Pond hauled lobster Monday.

Meetings and conference calls were held throughout Monday night to staunch the flow, but the lack of options and fear of losing what’s left of the eight-week season, caused support to dwindle.

In one port, the vote was two-thirds in favour of returning to fishing.

Things need to be done differently in the lobster fishery next year, the president of the Western Gulf Fishermen’s Association told members attending a special information meeting Monday night in Alberton.

“We have to know what we’re getting for our fish before we go fishing.” Craig Avery insisted. “This is crazy.”

Avery acknowledged the tie-up of lobster fishing boats was drawing to a close without any gains in price.  

Avery said it looked like most commissioned buyers would still be paying $2.75 and $3.25 on Tuesday.

If such prices had been known before the season started, he said, some fishermen would have stayed out West working instead of coming home to fish.

“At the end of the day, I’m sorry to say, I really don’t feel we gained much ground but we showed a lot of solidarity among fishermen. Other than that, we did what we could,” he advised members.

“At the end of the day, I’m sorry to say, I really don’t feel we gained much ground but we showed a lot of solidarity among fishermen. Other than that, we did what we could,” Fishermen Craig Avery

Most fishermen from the Western Gulf ports of Tignish and Seacow Pond went fishing on Monday, and Avery said it was likely Alberton and Hardy’s Channel would join them back on the water on Tuesday.

The one obvious difference was the police vehicles watching for any signs of trouble in Tignish. There had been rumours of fishermen from other ports – upset that they ended the lobster blockade – showing up. There were no reports of violence.

Avery said he didn’t think there would be any animosity shown towards the ports that returned to the fishery a day earlier.

“Their feeling was each port decide for themselves and, what the other port does, it doesn’t make any difference,” Avery said of the sentiment of fishermen from his home port of Alberton.

He acknowledged that fishermen from Alberton were  heavily in favour of getting back on the water on Monday, too, during a Sunday evening vote, but they voted again Monday morning and decided to stay in one more day because Hardy’s Channel was staying in port.

“Had we known New Brunswick was fishing (Monday), it may have changed the vote for sure. We were going on the assumption they weren’t fishing today,” he said Monday.

The executive secretary of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union confirmed Monday evening that all New Brunswick boats had resumed fishing on Monday.

Avery acknowledged fishermen for the stand they took during the blockade.

“They worked hard and tried to do the best they could. I hope, at the end of the day, we can all be friends,” he said.


By Steve Sharratt of The Guardian and Eric McCarthy of TC Media


Geographic location: New Brunswick, Tignish, Alberton Prince Edward Island Red Head Western Gulf Fishermen Nova Scotia Newfoundland Beach Point Maritime Fishermen

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  • Price of Seals?
    May 15, 2013 - 00:15

    Does anyone know how much a bludgeoned baby seal (or 50) is going for these days? A week on shore and no farther ahead. Seems like karma is coming back around to the community who stood behind and supported the seal killers. And they thought that seals were a threat to the industry! HA!!! There is no greater threat then fishers alone shooting themselves in the foot. Ignorance and uneducated decisions got you nowhere. You are paid to catch lobster, not to think so you may want to stick to that. And to all the restaurants that refused to sell lobster on Mother's Day, real smart...way to put the demand and price down more, you aren't so wise, thinking you were doing hell and all but made matters worse for fishers. When agriculture is rough please don't stop serving potatoes to support the farmers who work 52 weeks a year - You know- the people that put food on our plates three times a day, 365 days a year? I have heard enough belly aching, suck it up, fish your gear or pull it out of the water. No one wants to listen to you complaining after seeing your pics on facebook of your trips down south, your new truck, snowmobile, camper, seadoo,or harley or your kid's $100 hockey sticks. Try working 70-80 hours a week and having only a handful of days off in a year then I may consider listening to your complaints. Until then, enjoy your eight week season and be thankful to have even that. With the mentality you have shown us in the last week you proved that any job requiring decision making, conflict resolution, communication, negotiation, or common courtesy is beyond your skill set. If I were you, I'd pipe down and work while the work is still available and the catches are good. Work is hard enough to come by and all Islanders are hurting financially these days, you are not alone.

  • cornelius p cornhowser
    May 14, 2013 - 16:44

    In support of the fishermen, I'll make sure to continue buying as much lobster as I have in years past.... which is nothing, because I don't eat lobster.

  • Sad
    May 14, 2013 - 14:52

    It's sad to c what mess the fisherperson has created and nothing gained. I know there r buyers out there paying 3 and 3.50 like Seafood 2000 so if u r getting less money u idiots sell to the highest buyer instead of wining over 2.75 and 3.25 lol not a smart fishermen out there in my books. Plus when the price was good u should b like the common islander save up for times that r tough learn to live without the governorment to bail u out. Plus all u guys did was flood the market in one day i would laugh when this was all over u were getting 1.00 a pound plus im tired of u saying about risking ur lives if the weather is that bad don't b so greedy stay ashore

    • Heard enough whining
      May 14, 2013 - 22:50

      Yeah really, the way they go on with talking about "risking their lives" you would think it was Deadliest Catch and they were days from shore and a million miles away from help if the coast guard needed to be called. They don't even go out if it's blowing 20 knots...I am sure there have been more farming accidents than fishing and no one says farmers risk their lives.

  • Tabernak
    May 14, 2013 - 13:55

    Why should we in Tignish stay in when we are getting 1200-1500 lb per day,sure we would love $5 per pound,but we can still make a good buck at $3.Anyway I better go to Summerside and look for a new truck as my old truck is already 2 years old .

  • southside fisher
    May 14, 2013 - 12:55

    Sure fell some proud to call my self a south sider today....half the south side guys are fishing and the other half could,t get out of bed this morning ,,or drive to the wharf last nigth to get bait,,,so the rest of us that were ready to go half to stay ashore...cause a certain few people don,t want to go....meanwhile the other 95 % of the atlantic lobster fleet is fishing ....wow were some smart ..sticking to are word ....dummies we are..boat q tomorrow.....oh that right ..35 to 40 nor west...good going ..

    • Me
      May 14, 2013 - 14:01

      SouthSide Fisher: I think you posted the rough draft of your comment. Please edit and post again.

  • AL
    May 14, 2013 - 12:08

    Do you fishermen not know you are employees of the processors.they control your ei stamps ,etc I will be surprised if some of you dont get fired for this by being cut off from selling to processors

  • Rose
    May 14, 2013 - 10:45

    To WAYNEDROPS: Who cares what Morrissey likes? As for those of you who are not fishermen you have no business telling fishermen what they can and cannot do so keep it to yourselves.

  • Unreal
    May 14, 2013 - 10:24

    I have read some of these comments and can't believe people don't have a heart. My brothers fish and for you who are asking why they are fishing for $3 a pound when they need $5 to break even. Well they are fishing in hopes to be able to pay the bank some of the $30,000-40,000 yearly payment they owe them. Then they will pack up and go out west for the winter and hope to make the rest of their payment while their wives and children are here for months with out them. This year I am sure most fishermen will be hoping that the outwest work starts early and ends late because they will for sure need it...... I live in a fishing community and everyone will suffer when lobster prices plunge like they did. If any one of you were told tomorrow that you were getting paid a third less than last year I am sure it would make a large impact on your lives.....

  • Gena Yeo
    May 14, 2013 - 10:13

    Anyone who calls a fisherman a coward has obviously never fished for a living. Yes, we all work hard, but how many of us, can say their jobs are as dangerous, give your heads a shake people, it is the fisherman and farmers who have made this island what it is today, and isn't that we islanders do, look after our own?

    • To Gena Yeo
      May 14, 2013 - 15:53

      Give your head a shake - there are lots of dangerous jobs on the island - Farming is just as dangerous and it's done all year round - that's another unfair practice the fishermen get over farmers - how come no one cares that farmers are not allowed to draw EI but fishermen get to do it twice in one year!! Fishermen need to suck it up and get over it - either fish for the going price or get another job (preferable one that doesn't use EI for 10 months of the year)

  • cartman
    May 14, 2013 - 10:13

    they took our jobs

  • Whyshouldwecare
    May 14, 2013 - 09:55

    I feel very sorry for the fishers who are struggling to make ends meet because the price they are being offered for their fish is too low to cover their expenses. BUT I have to ask many of these same fishermen and women where were they when fish plants were closed and plant workers who were struggling to survive on minimum wage found themselves without work? I don't remember the fishers speaking out in support of them or standing together to threaten plant owners that they would sell their catches to someone who processed the fish here ensuring jobs were maintained for their fellow Islanders. Many fishermen seem to feel that they are providing a service to people much like our doctor, nurses and teachers do but in fact they really only serve themselves, and the few Islanders who can afford to purchase their fish. I don't remember the fishers uniting to support the farmers who had to sell off their family farms because they could not make a profit even though they toiled for hours every day and paid up front expences not knowing what price they would be given for their product.. So can someone expalin to me why I should be supporting the fishers?

  • A Province of Protests and Strikes
    May 14, 2013 - 09:49

    So what was accomplished? 1. This strike successfully pitted Islanders against Islanders 2. This strike made enemies between fishers from Tignish to North Lake 3. This strike was lost time; lost revenue; and lost friendships 4. This strike accomplished nothing in relation to better pricing for lobsters 5. This strike will take years to mend the broken friendships and relationships SO what have you learned from this? In a strike situation...NOBODY wins!

  • Chucker
    May 14, 2013 - 09:29

    I do not know who is right here. But the NDP suggestion to have everybody state their case before a legislative committee is the best way to handle this issue. The Fishermens Association should back that proposal. The AG report is something that Ghiz can manipulate by leaving the mandate vague and general. He has ordered it for his use not public use. Employ Younker. Sure. But have him lead a public process in front of a committee of MLAs. So far the Fishermens Association has gained nothing. Backing Mike Redmond's proposal would give them a fair chance at having their case heard. Right now Younker's mandate is fuzzy and generic. This is the kind of work MLAs should be doing. The Fishermens Assoc. an dteh vocal MLAs- opposition and government are not doing their duty as they ignore the NDP proposal. They shoud be all for it. It is fair, thorough and transparent.

    • Dont think so
      May 14, 2013 - 09:52

      Totally wrong for government to meddle in private business!!

    • hahaha fishing association
      May 14, 2013 - 10:53

      Are you serious, the PEIFA won't back anything, because they have too many Northside whiners on it, who the whole time wanted to fish. 2 from Rustico ones wife front and center at the rally all the while crying that the poor fishermen were making them strike.

  • Marie
    May 14, 2013 - 08:57

    OUR CONCERNED GOVERNMENT allows these processors to squeeze your heads at fishing time. OUR CONCERNED GOVERNMENT allows boats to sit offshore with migrant workers that they will pay part of the wages for while Islanders are out of work. For God's sake will Island fishermen get together and start a Cooperative. Keep everything for yourselves, hire local, sell big and tell OUR CONCERNED GOVERNMENT to go jump ship!!!

    • Unfortunately
      May 14, 2013 - 09:37

      It is attitudes like yours Marie that keep people in PEI so dependent. Blaming the government for everything that goes wrong in your life and in turn expecting the government to 'fix' everything that goes wrong will leave you forever in that state of dependence. Unfortunately strikes, protests have garnered few solutions. We have become the "Province of Protests". Until you and many others like you start thinking independently nothing much will change.

    • MBA from UPEI Now Working in Alberta
      May 14, 2013 - 10:46

      The state of ongoing dependency on PEI is exploited daily by local politicians who claim to be Liberals and Conservatives...each wait their turn at the Ottawa ATM machine filled with tax dollars collected on other provinces. Over 70% of the cost of the provincial government is paid for by inter-provincial welfare that we sanitize by calling it "equalization" payments. The people who feed first on this tax revenue collected from other provinces are government officials ( a bloated provincial bureaucracy), many of the 1400 lawyers on PEI and friends and fellow gang members of whatever political party happens to at the public trough. Its a basket case if I ever saw one...PEI does not even pay for the upkeep and maintenance of Government House....that bill also goes to Ottawa. Its a sad case of generational dependency on other working and paying taxes off island... too many people feel entitles to live off the income taxes of Canadians living and working in other provinces. Has anybody heard of a local Charlottetown politician (in the last 15 years) speak of a future without dependency, a future wherein PEI becomes a proud,self supporting and net contributor to Canada? If so, please post a link to this site so I can read it....

      May 14, 2013 - 11:09

      That's exactly what the Tignish Fisheries Co-op have being doing since 1929. As their G.M., Francis Morrissey has said this week, it's the state of the economy, not the ganging up of buyers. TFL. has to compete with these same buyers and processors and these buyers and processors aren't making a fortune. Tignish Fisheries (Royal Star) is the largest processor on the Island and employs around 400 local people,and all profits are shared by member fishermen, even tho these profits aren't large.All factory workers recieve a bonus and a turkey at Christmas and a dinner and dance all courtesey of Tignish Fisheries. Alberton has never processed one lobster on sight in over 80 years, and ship all their lobster off Island for processing in N.B., and thereby not adding an additional dollar to the local economy.Maybe they should all follow the example of Tignish instead of tryng to blame them for what is happening. TFL fishermen have always been united, it's time other ports took control of their destiny instead of having the PEIFA ask the Premier top up prices with taxpayer money.

  • john
    May 14, 2013 - 08:52

    I think someone must have explained the Unemployment policies to them. No stamps, no checks. They dont care about the summer it is the winter checks they were risking.

  • Coop fisher
    May 14, 2013 - 08:47

    Guess if they owned their own plant like the Tignish fishers have with their own co-op, the eastern fishers would feel different. Is it the Tignish fishers fault that they have put their money were their mouth is and built up their coop for many decades. This is the reason they went back - they were only on strike against themselves. They only went out to support the poor fishers of eastern PEi. So take off the holier than thou attitude and thank the Tignish fishers for supporting you as long as they did. When it was clear that the strike was getting nothing, they went back to work, for themselves, their co-op and the hundreds in the community that work at the Co-op.

  • Maybe I Can Afford A Lobster This Year
    May 14, 2013 - 08:25

    Threats to cut others out of the water, Facebook posts of heading to Borden to forcibly stop lobster trucks leaving PEI, in-fighting, whining, dissention in the ranks...like every other year. If fishing cannot sustain and support your family, find another job. I am well educated, motivated and an Islander through and through, but guess what...the government is not responsible for my livelihood - I am! Either band together and show a united front or accept that each fisher is in it for themselves, with very little regard for his or her fellow Islander. We all laughed at Shawn Majumder as he portrayed the "PEI EI PI", however, these new EI practices of home visits have been put in place to catch those fishers and their wives who have been abusing the system for years...one of the questions they ask Maritime EI recipients is "What is the name of your husbands boat?"... Sorry fishers - you've reached your shelf life and many Islanders have no sympathy for you or time to listen to your crying - we have to get to work!

    • Well Said
      May 14, 2013 - 09:32

      "Maybe I can afford a lobster this year" summed it all up beautifully! Well Said indeed!

  • Shawn
    May 14, 2013 - 08:15

    Time for quotas. Tignish boys are too greedy and were hiding behind the RCMP yesterday. There day will come. 500 pounds for them!

  • Being Fair
    May 14, 2013 - 08:14

    well boys, I guess it is time to man up!! So now you will have to go to the very person you "striked against" to get your bait, supplies and money for last years income tax. I am sure they were good to you for many years, pulling you through! You should apologize to your packer for what you did, making all the mother's on the Island miss their Mother's Day Lobster Supper and the packer paying fines for missing his deadlines. No EI for your strike week boys!! The packers couldn't pay and you "fishermen" wouldn't listen, like always. Supply and demand.......

    • are you for real
      May 14, 2013 - 11:02

      Are you seriously for real??? what an off kilter comment to make. Good to them for many years LOL, and oh the poor mothers, why the hell didn't they go to Sobeys and buy some Lobster, oh thats right, because people are cheap, they can get them off the fishermen for 5, well guess what! Your as bad as the gd processor. To GD bad about fines, and heck yea they will get their EI, because it goes by $$ earned, not weeks. I predict this isn't over by a long shot. The processors/buyers whould hang their heads in shame for their greed and they actually think they won't get caught, after this audit I'm sure alot will be revealed. There's NOTHING they will be able to hide!

  • Dale MacLeod
    May 14, 2013 - 08:02

    I was always proud of saying I was from PEI. The main reason is that we stuck together as one. What the fisherman did from the western end of the Island was uncalled for no backbone! Too bad we could not cut that end of the Island off!,

  • Nice Attitude
    May 14, 2013 - 07:56

    @ travellinironworker , you have a nice attitude towards your fellow fishermen . I'm sure the fishermen from Tignish are not cowards ( from what I'vd heard in the past ) fishery officers were even scared to tangle with them . I'm sure that you won't go to their warf & repeat that statment . You are the coward when you suggest cutting someones traps because they desire to make a honest living from working at fishing rather than running off at the mouth like you are doing . Get to fishing & stop expecting us 52 week workers to support you . Better still , I hope if you can get your lazy ass in the boat & out on the water that someone else has applied your suggestion to your traps . You don't deserve the right to fish beside these fishers . As the saying goes GO WEST YOUNG MAN GO WEST your not much of a asset in the fishig business .

  • Jack
    May 14, 2013 - 07:36

    boat quotas for tignish, 500 pounds a day....landing too much lobster and too greedy!

  • Joke
    May 14, 2013 - 07:25

    Why are they fishing if they need $5/pund to break even. I guess we know the real truth and who is still making money.

    • doesn't pertain to all
      May 14, 2013 - 08:08

      That statement doesn't pertain to all fishers Joke! The north shore is making all kinds, it's the south shore that are suffering, as the catches are low, along with prices, and they fish til night time so they are over doubling their fuel. People in Tignish fished yesterday, because people from the plant up there were called back to work they were making 2/3 trips to haul in their supply.

  • Nothing
    May 14, 2013 - 07:18

    The fishermen didnt gain one thing from this-my prediction is the price drops even lower in the next 7 days.

  • j gaudet
    May 14, 2013 - 07:15

    travellinironworker you can hide behind your computer.you don't fool around with people's livelihoods you wouldn't call them cowards to their faces because you may go back with no face. it's not greed that made them go back it's the bills that got to get paid nobody else is going to pay them

  • islander
    May 14, 2013 - 07:03

    The fishermen are making enough to live off of. I'd like to see all you big talkers go on strike from your jobs for a while, how will you pay to feed your family? The processors wouldn't have given in! Don't be stupid! The biggest mistake they could do would be to give in, if they did then there would be a strike year after year because they are never happy with the price! If you don't like what they offer or don't like the setup, get out of the fishing industry! As for fisherman being the hardest working????? Everybody works hard at their job, fisherman, plant workers, bankers, Tims workers, EVERYBODY!!!!!!!! And guess what, we all have to BUDGET our money! Do you all think for a second that fisherman lose money going fishing? If that were the case they wouldn't last very long before they would have to file for bankruptcy! So props to tignish and alberton for swallowing their pride and getting back out on the water and shame to whoever puts them down for providing for their family!

    • Opinionsallround
      May 14, 2013 - 15:15

      Here here .. very well said!!!

    • Opinionsallround
      May 14, 2013 - 15:30

      Really?? Do you think that if fishermen were really not breaking even at $3 a pound they could continue to do it? I agree they are making less than they have years ago but they are probably still making more money than most just as hard working - working 52 weeks of the year - island workers. It's all about living within your means and its about time fishermen began to do so.. they lose my sympathy when they complain that they are burdened by having to pay a $30,000 tax bill!

    May 14, 2013 - 07:02

    Since moving to the island a few years ago every fishing season there appears to be a issue and when the issue comes up the resolution always seems to "Things need to be done differently in the lobster fishery next year." Followed by..."fisherman will come up with a solution for the problem in the off season." In the end the season comes to a end and all the fisherman forget there was a problem because the issue is never solved and next season comes with the same problems. Maybe next season they will actually do what they have said for years...NOT GO OUT UNTIL THEY HAVE A PRICE!!!! Seems so simple!

    • Mike from Canmore
      May 14, 2013 - 07:55

      One of the problems with simply tying up their boats is that if (I'm assuming) they already had their traps in the water - they're soaking longer and increasing the #lbs hauled (to an extent) when they do finally go out. Then once again there will be a "bumper crop" being landed on the wharf within a few days of each other, which doesn't improve prices any. A decision to strike would have to be made before dumping any gear - then there would be an actual reduction in supply against a certain demand. An alternative is to enter into an agreement to reduce the # of pots each boat drops. All of this would have to be done across a large area: for example the Atlantic provinces and ideally Maine too to truly shift market prices and would require trust and compliance.

  • Jen
    May 14, 2013 - 07:01

    Wishing you all a safe return to the water today, Just know that for every hater there are 10 Islanders that support you! Good luck today

  • To soon
    May 14, 2013 - 06:50

    How can one woman on the east side stand alone in a one person protest stick it out and get what she wanted from the goverment but all you dam fishermen just gave up like nothing ... not to mention all the other provinces that through their hats in to help you fellas out... you had about three to four provinces striking ... that was one dam woman striking for her EI and she held longer then all you rough nosed fishermen.. FOR SHAME

    • Murray harbour
      May 14, 2013 - 07:43

      Trust me the fisherman down east were not the factor in breaking the strike it was tignish yesterday when they went out. The vote down east was to stay in today and keep striking. And as a matter of fact we still stayed into to show respect for the cape Breton boats that didn't set there gear in support if us.

  • don
    May 14, 2013 - 06:45

    who won the strike the processors. so now what ever they want to pay they pay and what will the fishermen do NOTHING take it and shut up. the only way to win is not to sell to the processors.

  • lisa
    May 14, 2013 - 06:22

    the west end fisherman sould be very proud today. i get thats its everyones personal choice whether to go or not but it is not in the least surprising that it was the west end that gave up first. they have always been known to be just out for themselves. It is a good job that it was them and not one of the other harbors that went first or there probably would have been boats sunk. Thats something else they are well known for. oh well hopefully next year everything will be taken care of before it opens. and for all you up westerners you have given up your right to complain about prices so get out on that water and fish for free and enjoy it.

  • Quota
    May 14, 2013 - 06:09

    A Quota would be a good idea, but thats not gonna happen. The North side would go against it they are the guys that are takin in 1000 or more pounds a day. The south shore fishers aren't getting 500 pound days they would've been o.k to keep this strike going because they are the ones hurting. It was Tignish and Rustico whined about the strike the whole time and the PEIFA has too many north side fishers on the board. The south siders were forced to go back out because they can't do it alone becuase of the abundance of lobsters caught are from the north shore. The price of lobster will never go up, now the processors will know they don't have to. I hope their canner price on the north shore goes down to 1.75 greedy men over there i tell ya greedy

  • tisk..tisk...tisk not what I expected to hear
    May 14, 2013 - 05:58

    I can't believe everybody is giving up so easily, and especially the ones who just didnt care and went right of the bat, I mean i can understand money needs to be made, but my god it said in the article that they had a buyer from u.s.a that was even willing to take on the costs of shipping annd oay a good price for them, well what they were asking anyway, all that needed to be done was actually doing something other than writing a note down on a peice of cardboard and standing outside of the govnerment building and expecting in one meeting to have everything dealt with, well yes that could've very well happened, although did one fisherman wirte to their local politician, did anybody contact any mla's from other political parties? did one fisherman look into the cost of renting cold stoarage spaces because with all of the plants that went outta buisness, take your pick because they all come equiped with blst freezers some have 7 and 8 rooms which if you would've thought about it they are still being payed for through our govnerment because their mostly all by a wharf that is operationa meaning most likely a hefty bill attatched just to keep things functionall, and not only that but most of them are able to handle alot of product, and all that needed to be done was getting your own drivers to begin with trucks, the market is all over the world, our shellfish is known around the world so it doesnt take much marketing all it wouldve took was some calls, a few lawyer bills a contract and away yas go, onto a whole new path, but one that you all are satisfied with, why bother stop fishing your just loosing, and telling somebody that you expect something but doing nothing really to show that you could actually handle the extra work, so did anybody contact anybody about really anything other than putting the price up, because if you wouldve took this into your own hands and actually just kept fishing just sold our product off of the island refusing to sell to our own buyers expecting to pay no more than 3 dollars and making a mockery of it while laighing because they sell a large quantity under a contract so thats the key thing right there they have contracts and it works both ways if they ship off island and something happens tto one of the grocery chains trucks and a whole load gets lost well its still being paid for, and if they cant meet there deadlines with the exact amount than that will fall onto their laps with a hefty bill, and that will continue most likely driving them out of buisness, and thats when the grocery chains will be looking the most, when there is'nt any product being shipped, but yet it doesnt seem like really anything was accomplished with this other than loosing more moeny, like i say you guys defaintly couldve come together on this one with the amount of people that were showing up at the strike that right there shows me that its more than possible because the support is there and your on an island where about half of us don't even have a job and there isnt any work around, so it really wouldve been a perfect time to get any help needed since theere are so many people needing a job. as well like it said in the article that there was alreaduy potential buyer for the product, was that just an open ended threat that was used as a tactic, or was this truely found because if so I really dont understand why you are going back to the three dollars, its not like we dont have any trucking companies on the island that couldve been contracted to start moving the product elsewhere,think about splitting a 700 dollar bill between 700 people well thats simple its a dollar each, which by no means would any bill be that low but with the amount of people that fish, and the extra m oney being made off of a better price the bills really would'nt of been that high per person, and the biggest thing about it is is that in order to succefully open the door into the market, you need to take out the buyers because they are the ones that are providing the market, with YOUR CATCH's which have been plenty enough, so yeah after catching for the most part very good catches in the first week, like the guy said that he was thankfull for this break because he wouldve had to rent space to put alll the lobsters their was so much comming in, and right there thats another key thing that people should've liistened to, for the people IF there were any, looking for that market closer to home because those markets would've been getting their supplies already, there is a huge difference between our lobster and lobster anywhere else that ive tried persoannly, ours is much much better and I personally think that if you can get a luxery item at 6 dollars does that sound very luxerious.. noo so i think that $6.99 per lobster was a tactic because prices do change all the time, and yes there are some that do look for the best price but if the guy getting those lobster cant even have a say in the price he gets than that sounds kind of like a manipulated system, those prices will go up in the off season, so if they want to loose on what they sell than that is entirely up to them, they couldve very easily started out selling those lobsters for 9.99 like it is everywhere else and or change it due to the fact that the people working hard to get those inland, need more moeny to stay afloat, simple as that

  • So what now
    May 14, 2013 - 05:30

    I guess the fisherman may want to stop fighting among themselves now that the strike is over and fix the problem. Maybe they need some sort of legislative framework to bring some sort of order to this chaos.

    • Can't be fixed now
      May 14, 2013 - 08:31

      Thats the problem though, some wanted to fix it and some seen money signs, even with the processors ripping them off. And now nothing will be done, Western has proven to the island that they are greedy balless pigs. I wish there was a way to boycot their fish. Cripes sakes even other provinces stuck with our strong fishermen over here who were willing to tie up to prove a point that they wouldn't take it. Westerners would take it anyway they could, they are a bunch of whiners

  • southsider
    May 14, 2013 - 05:23

    Thanks Souris fishermen , running on the coattails of the northside . Some of you have the biggest mouths when there is an issue like this going on and what do u go do but run scared back to the water.....figures

  • Fisherman
    May 14, 2013 - 05:20

    The fisherman put everything on the table for better price such as trap reduction, seperating lobsters from our gauge to the larger gauge, 500 lbs boat quota per day ect... The processors said no to it all.

  • r
    May 14, 2013 - 04:52

    so the fishermen needed atleast 5 dollars apound to break even? but there back to work for 3 dollars a pound,,wow makes perfect sense,i seen old ladies down on kent street with more sack,,,,so much for the old saying that fisherman stick up for each other,,lol,,what a lot!!!

  • ThE Upside
    May 14, 2013 - 03:59

    So the Strike is over,look at the upside -Less fuel spent -No Bait bought -No wear and tear -Likely hire man not paid Down side -Lobster price to drop -Packers as usual have full control of your life

  • SouthSider
    May 14, 2013 - 03:41

    I would especially like to Thank the Fishermen From Tignish Harbour and SeaCow Pond who backstabbed every fisherman in Atlantic Canada. You should be proud of yourself boys. Fisherman from 26A backed you guys to the fullest and this is what you do to us. Also big thank you to the Bearded skipper from Rustico who was talking out of both sides of his mouth, saying one thing and doing another. Maybe you should go back to China I think they like you there. I wonder what a North Side fishing fleet is worth today at $2,75 lobster. Enjoy your big catches boys but just remember when your fishing for a half pound to a trap don't come crying to the rest of us.

      May 14, 2013 - 11:22

      The Western fishermen have never come crying to you.All the processors and buyers that have gone bankrupt in the last few years have all been down east. Whenever you wanted to sell your lobster gears it was always a fisherman from up west who bought it.You people down there don't catch enough lobsters to bother with. No one can survive on what you catch down there, you guys are just playing at fishermen and are just farmers at heart.

  • Cutty McKnife
    May 14, 2013 - 03:31

    Let the trap cutting, boat ramming, tire slashing, name calling, and fistfights begin. They ought to televise this on the Fight Network. We'll see "domestic terrorism" now. Congratulations, you've accomplished nothing.

  • intobed
    May 14, 2013 - 00:15

    Are we now entering the era of $2 / lb (or less) lobster? Has the day of the independent fisherman come to an end, and the rise of corporate fishing begun?

  • Weatherman
    May 13, 2013 - 23:54

    Now we are due for a 3 day trap smasher!!

  • Lobster buyer
    May 13, 2013 - 23:41

    I told you I would be buying this week for$3

  • James Macgoo
    May 13, 2013 - 23:26

    The strike has ended, but the fight for a fair price has not. The lobster fishers should begin now to build a capability to plan how they will approach the next season. Using this experience and history, gathering information about number of licenses outstanding, probable catch counts, processor capacities, potential worldwide demand, and island distribution capabilities to determine potential prices for next year. Update and monitor the data. Armed with this information, lobster fishers should be capable of determining of if it makes sense for them to consider fishing the next season. Use the learning from this action to determine how to prepare for the next season. Then you will not be victims of the business environment but masters of what is possible.

  • Arthur Watts
    May 13, 2013 - 23:13

    So much for solidarity boiz..now get back to work and get those affected by your stubborness some money in their pockets..and have fun in Fort Mac

  • don
    May 13, 2013 - 23:05

    cowards, you let the processors win. so next time i'm sure the people will not back you. i for one will not. so NO more crying about the price. i bet you the price you are getting now will DROP to 2.00 a pound and what can you do. NOTHING.

    • Southsider
      May 14, 2013 - 08:42

      I will never support the North side fisheries for nothing, they blew this. It's the south side that will suffer first North side last, but they will suffer when they are getting less than 2.00 lb for their canner lobster

  • Tigger
    May 13, 2013 - 23:05

    Out of Tignish today and my traps were full 4300lbs in 1 day, don't care what we get for a price!! Try and quota me haha

    • Feel sorry, NOT.
      May 14, 2013 - 12:36

      Calculate this people.. this guy @ $2.75/lb just made himself $12,000 today in ONE DAY.. and we are supposed to feel sorry for the lobster fisherman WHY?????

  • should not have gave up
    May 13, 2013 - 22:33

    All I have to say is ya never gained ground cause you gave up and went fishing ,you guys turned your back on the strike & fishermen ,they want you back in the water so they can take control of the fishermen back ,& you helped the cause.it is not like fishing will make any of you money at the prices they set ,so really what are you loosing by staying on course with strike.

    • fish plant worker
      May 14, 2013 - 07:24

      Don't back down....think what's right and what's wrong with the whole industry these days. You are doing more than something for yourselves with your strike and if you keep up your morals, I can garantee you strength and courage will come easier. Not everything is about money but sometimes just about what's right...HOLD IN THERE A BIT LONGER AND SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO!!! LET ALONE THE SUPPORT YOU WILL BRING IN. Here's to hoping that you fishermen and fisherladies do the RIGHT THING

  • Big Money
    May 13, 2013 - 22:32

    The cookie crumbles. Now. The goverment and everyone else has until next year to fix this for the fishermen. Thank you. Until then i will try to cure this hangover from the strike and get skme stamps.

  • from the west
    May 13, 2013 - 22:25

    what do the fishermen and leafs have in common? They both fold under pressure.

    • jerry
      May 14, 2013 - 06:37

      Good one !

  • Travellinironworker
    May 13, 2013 - 22:24

    Wouldn't expect any less from the bunch up west. Greedy S.O.B's,hopefully the boys from naufrage cut the redhead-morell boats outta the water. Everyone found out what yas are made off ya cowards

  • WayneDrops
    May 13, 2013 - 22:22

    Boat quotas are needed . 500 pounds a day island wide. Francis morrissey liked the idea!

    • wake up
      May 14, 2013 - 18:49

      what is wrong with you people we as an Island need farming and yes fishing for everyone to survive on this Island look at the big picture your idiots. If you were a fisherman would you do anything different get a grip and wake up . Your just jealous. Oh by the way I am not a fisherman just have more common sense than you.