Editor: Mike McGeoghegan, president of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association, says he’s working on the development of a distinct P.E.I. branding for lobster and approval of a marketing levy will help sell it to the world.
This is a long-term objective which is too little and too late to ensure the survival of the lobster fishing industry. It’s time for Island lobster fishermen to adopt a winning strategy of refusing to sell canners to buyers until they get a guaranteed price of $5 per pound. If they do fish this spring then throw back the canners and just land market lobsters for sale. Sell the markets directly to the public for $7 pound or sell to buyers for the same minimum price. After two or three of no work at processing plants the P.E.I. government may be forced to intervene and set a minimum price of canners at $5 pound which is needed for fishermen to survive.
If not, then for those who decide to fish may not go broke and have to sell their gear. It’s time for lobster fishermen to remove the kid gloves and stop trying to be Mr. Nice Guy because nice guys go broke and don’t survive.