Fishermen’s association voices support for MacKinley

Eric McCarthy
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ALBERTON – The P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association has come to the defense of Ron MacKinley, issuing a press release supporting the Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s efforts to promote Island lobster and other seafood products.

The group’s release follows criticism leveled at the minister in the provincial legislature over the cost of recent promotional trips.

The association suggested recent promotions in Alberta, China and Japan are, “a step forward in establishing and distinguishing the Prince Edward Island brand as a premium product on the world stage.” 

“When he does something right, we’ll support him; when he doesn’t we’ll jump on him,” PEIFA president Mike McGeoghegan said.

The PEIFA also used the opportunity to recognize the marketing and promotion efforts of the Province, in conjunction with the Culinary Institute of Canada in enabling international chefs to connect with Island seafood.

McGeoghegan acknowledged the canner lobster is becoming an important part of the P.E.I. brand. He said the PEIFA is adamant that the minimum carapace size should not increase beyond 72 mm, the size that goes into effect next year.

He noted there is some interest among New Brunswick processors for the minimum carapace size to go up further, but P.E.I. processors and fishermen want it left alone.

He noted that, at 72 mm, the Island lobster industry achieves the desired 50 per cent recruitment rate for lobster sustainability.

“We’re not interested (in further increases) and we’re not moving off of 72,” McGeoghegan insisted.

wbureau@journalpioneer.com

Organizations: Culinary Institute of Canada

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Alberta, China Japan New Brunswick

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  • UPWESTER
    November 26, 2012 - 13:27

    McGeoghegan acknowledged the canner lobster is becoming an important part of the P.E.I. brand. He said the PEIFA is adamant that the minimum carapace size should not increase beyond 72 mm, the size that goes into effect next year....Last year McGeoghegan wanted to remove the word "canner" from PEI lobsters and wanted them all to be classed as "markets", since so many "canners" are being shipped whole as "markets" and in fact not canned. I year later he thinks "canners" are the cats' behind. It's no wonder that the lobster industry is in turmoil with experts like McKinley and McGeoghegan who don't know what to do from year to year.If the fishing industry is to survive, you need people in there who know more than these two guys.

  • Islander
    November 26, 2012 - 07:37

    What a joke! Mike McGeoghegan has got his nose so far up Ron MacKinley and Robert Ghiz's butt that it is not even funny. He would have to get his strong old son to pull him out!