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Souris to host lobster festival in June

Freshly caught lobsters are loaded into crates on the wharf at Covehead in this Guardian file photo. Some fishermen say that forced increases in carapice size puts Island’s fall fishermen at odds with spring counterparts.
Freshly caught lobsters are loaded into crates on the wharf at Covehead in this Guardian file photo. Some fishermen say that forced increases in carapice size puts Island’s fall fishermen at odds with spring counterparts.

SOURIS, P.E.I. - The Souris Harbour Authority (SHAI) has been selected as the winning proposal for an upcoming spring lobster festival here in late June. 

The announcement was made recently by the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA).

SHAI is a not-for-profit community based corporation established to promote and develop of the Port of Souris.

“We have been looking for an event to celebrate our spring lobster season and we are pleased with the proposal that the SHAI has put together,” said PEIFA president Bobby Jenkins.

Part of the SHAI's strategic plan is to foster tourism and experiential offerings.

“We are a busy harbour, and the development of a new lobster festival in the early summer is a good opportunity,” said Art MacDonald, port manager for SHAI. “The Souris Harbour Authority is very pleased that our proposal was accepted.”

SHAI has hired local company Eastern Media and owner Wallace Rose to assist in event co-ordination.

SHAI and Eastern Media have secured chef Michael Smith as the festival dinner host, as well as support from MR Seafoods, Abegweit Mi'Kmaq Fisheries, Points East Coast Drive and the Town of Souris.

The one-day P.E.I. Lobster Festival will be held Sunday, June 25, and will end with a lobster supper finale hosted by Smith followed by a traditional concert.

The successful proposal focuses on P.E.I. lobster, authentic culinary experiences and the promotion of additional P.E.I. lobster events during the year.

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