P.E.I. lobster fishermen hope quotas come to an end soon

Eric McCarthy
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Glenn Adams takes back a pan of lobsters from his son's catch. With some Island buyers imposing boat quotas this week, some fishermen are running into difficulty finding sale for their entire catch and others are only fishing part of their gear.

ALBERTON – Fishermen delivering their lobster catches to port in Northport on Wednesday were remaining calm despite being limited to about 450 pounds of lobster per boat.   The quota has been lowered each day this week.

Some fishermen were able to sell their entire catch while others were handed back full or partial pans of lobsters.

“It’s not good,” said one fisherman, who asked not to be identified. “Hopefully they get it straightened out.”

He was referring to buyers who have placed their boats on quota based on how much product the processors can handle.

Glenn Adams, fishing with his son Chad, was thankful some of the catch was going over the scales. “Last year we couldn’t sell them at all,” he said, referring to a short-term glut. They had to take back a little over a pan of lobsters Wednesday.

Adams said they had their best week of the season last week and the crunch hit Monday when buyers started placing limits on product.

Another fisherman who asked not to be identified, said he was able to sell some of his catch, aware that was not the case for all East Coast lobster fishermen.

Knowing there was a 450-pound quota, he said he didn’t fish all of his gear Wednesday. He acknowledged that could soon create a backlog in the traps.

While his catch this week is surpassing his season’s best landings last week, he said this week’s quota restrictions will result in lower sales than last week. 

 

Geographic location: Northport, East Coast

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  • Just curious
    June 05, 2014 - 14:11

    Just saying 40 thousand + pounds in 2 months isnt that bad considering you can go on the pogey train for the other 10 months

  • Must Crab
    June 05, 2014 - 12:01

    Why would they pay out of their own pocket? Thats what people that work 12 months of the year are for. I no guys that are on pace for way over 40 thousand pounds. How can you expect someone that makes so little to have to invest in their own company?

  • Just curious
    June 05, 2014 - 09:31

    Maybe they shouldn't have went on strike last year and made all the buyers upset they made their bed now they can sleep in it

  • Mike McPhail
    June 05, 2014 - 09:11

    I have a crazy idea why doesn't the fisherman hire there own marketing consulting firm to market there (own) product. Some fisherman make $100,000, could they not all get together and each chip in a $1000 dollars to hire a consulting. Why does the public have to read all these articles about these poor fisherman and there problems. Fix your own industry and stop crying.