Editor: Here we are, the new season is upon us. Why can we not get a good price for this treasure? Last year, in Oporto, Portugal, P.E.I. lobsters were selling at 55 Euro (about $70) per kg in the fancy seafood store.
At the Canadian-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce for yearly lobster dinner (seven years ago) in Budapest, the tickets were selling for $100 for some over-cooked and cold rice, one lobster, butter, some salad and ice cream. In Zurich and Paris the most expensive dinner on the menu is Canadian or Maine lobster. P.E.I. is the only place in my life where I can afford to make real lobster bisque.
May I suggest that we make noises to Ottawa, to the Canadian diplomatic service, when they are entertaining on our money, to make sure P.E.I. seafood is the main attraction at times, and the trade and commerce representatives to foreign countries go around, actually walk to fish markets, restaurants, and represent our seafood!
I have not seen, but I wonder, if we could package the lobster cleaned in a plastic bag, frozen, attractively presented without shells, or shells in another package. I can see the Swiss, Belgians, Dutch, Chinese etc. buyers take big paper monies out of their wallets.
The lobster is P.E.I. gold! Where are all these marketing graduates? Let’s get organized and bring money back to our Island.
Judith L. Bezeredi,