MacKinley questioned about help with lobster prices

Ryan Ross
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A lobster fishermen stands on the wharf in North Rustico Saturday April 19, 2014 as he and other fishermen get ready for the opening of the season April 30.

With lobster fishermen concerned about the upcoming season, Souris-Elmira MLA Colin LaVie is asking what the provincial government is doing to help.

During Tuesday’s question period, LaVie said Fisheries Minister Ron MacKinley’s department had a lot of money set aside for marketing, but he wondered what was being done to help improve prices.

“What progress have you made in marketing?” LaVie asked.

MacKinley said the department has sent representatives to several places to promote Island lobster, including China and the Boston seafood show, and has partnered with food wholesaler Sysco on a promotion.

“We did whatever we could to help the fishermen,” he said.

The start to the lobster season is only a week away and fishermen don’t know what price they will be getting for their catch.

Last year, fishermen in the region faced prices so low they said they couldn’t make any money off their catches and tied up their boats for several days in protest at the start of the season.

This year, the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association is considering a lobster levy in an effort to boost marketing with the goal of increasing prices.

LaVie said there are fishermen out there who are stressed out because of the situation. MacKinley said people are buying lobsters but the prices are low, which is why things like a levy and a regional fishery panel are being worked on.

Geographic location: Iceland, China, Boston P.E.I. Fishermen

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  • Beendrinking
    April 24, 2014 - 12:46

    Question Lavie, what have you done to promote your self employeed business?? You have had a year now. You must have a lot of your own leg work done? Perhaps you two can compare notes? Awful easy for you to let a comment like that fly a week before the season. Just goes to show the mind set. Bad mix there, fisherman and politician. Your question was, who was looking out for my business for me all year? Why is there never any owners of plumbing/electrical/carpenters/drywallers on here asking the same? Where is my government help? Where are my higher wages? We need more work, no one is building houses. We havent worked in 2 months, can I please get some EI, i pay into it for all my employees, I could use some help paying the bills...no sir, that system is not for you. You are not high priority. System is crazy. I dont bash the people because they fish. I bash how the system is catered just to them. And all the government funding and spending they recieve for theor business. That i cant get. Why is that? I PAY taxes too???

  • TIGGER
    April 23, 2014 - 15:52

    THATS WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LOBSTER FISHERIE, MR. LAVIE OVER - INFLATED LOBSTER GEARS WITH PRICES 400000 TO 500000 .THE PEI GOV TOOK ON THE DEBT OF A LOT OF THESE GEARS, THE NATIVE BUY BACK PROGRAMM JUMP THE PRICES OF LOBSTER GEARS BY 250000... IF YOU CANNOT MAKE ALIVING AT FISHING GO WEST FIND ANOTHER JOB LIKE THE REST OF US, BEFORE 1997 FISHERMAN FILED ON 1 EI CLAIM A YR. AFTER 1997 YOU COULD HAVE TWO CLAIMS IN THE SAME YR.. THAT WAS QUITE A BOOST , GOOD AS A DOLLAR A LB...

  • don
    April 23, 2014 - 12:58

    do you really think the big bully really cares about lobster prices? he cares now the same as he did hen he voted for the 7.5% pay cut a few years back. but i wonder was he the one that wants a 15% pay cut?

    • Real Canadian
      April 23, 2014 - 15:38

      Makes sense doesn't it. Put a farmer in charge of fisheries good old liberal friendships

  • AMAZED
    April 23, 2014 - 11:07

    Enter now the long line of losers that hate and are terribly jealous of fisherman, always drawn to these stories like flies to shite .Try to improve yourself and find happiness in your own life because life is too short .

  • enough already
    April 23, 2014 - 10:53

    Force every Islander to buy lobster. Make them buy it or hand out fines .We have to support the fishermen , fisher women, fisher transvestites , what ever kind of fisher person there is. A true Islander wants to see at least twenty new 4x4s on every wharf.. The hell with the little children who may be hungry ( and if they are hungry let them eat lobster). Why is lobster not being served in the nursing homes and hospitals ? More lobster to everyone!

  • Jimmy Buffet
    April 23, 2014 - 10:48

    Government ,PEIFA, everyone involved failed miserably so far .The first objective was to have a set price long before the season opened so that those who have other jobs could mothball their gear for the season and stay at something that made money. I got into fishing to make money not to break even just to create jobs for others.The expense and labor required to prepare for the season, the wear and tear on equipment ,risking $300,000 of equity in the water to break even or even lose money is not acceptable .There are enough unknowns...weather ,bait ,sea ice ,amount of fish you will catch... price should not be a mystery ,contracts are made months before for sale of finished product.Show us some respect.

    • Real Canadian
      April 23, 2014 - 15:34

      Maybe you should sell and become a hired man. Then you would never lose money

    • Real Canadian
      April 23, 2014 - 15:35

      Maybe you should sell and become a hired man. Then you would never lose money

  • Lobster Guru
    April 23, 2014 - 07:40

    I will be offering $ 3 for canners and $ 3.50 for Markets until Mothers Day,then could drop 2o cents or more after that.