Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo visiting P.E.I. today

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Boats are piled high with traps as fishermen await the start of the fall lobster fishery.

Canada's new Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo is making his first visit to Prince Edward Island today.

Tootoo and his parliamentary secretary, Serge Cormier, plan to meet with Premier Wade MacLauchlan and then give a media briefing this morning.

Tootoo will also have meetings with industry representatives, such as the P.E.I. Fishermen's Association.

P.E.I. environmentalists are calling for some facetime with the minister, as well.

The Council of Canadians is a member of the Save Our Seas and Shores P.E.I., which is a coalition of organizations and individuals against oil drilling in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Leo Broderick with the Council of Canadians says, “It is disappointing that Minister Hunter Tootoo has not included consultation with environmental groups like the SOSS in his first official visit to P.E.I.”

The Guardian will cover the media briefing this morning and have more on Tootoo's visit online later today and in Friday's print and e-editions.

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Canada, P.E.I. Fishermen

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