O’LEARY -- Discussions that were planned for a special meeting of the Prince County Fishermen’s Association that got cancelled in December have been added to the agenda for the organization’s annual meeting this Friday, January 10.
The meeting will be held at the O’Leary Legion, getting underway at 9 a.m. The annual was scheduled for Thursday but was delayed a day due to the death of a member fisherman.
In addition to the species reports and regular annual meeting agenda, PCFA president Lee Knox said fishermen will hear presentations on the P.E.I. and Maritime lobster reports which were released in November, and they will discuss the penny-a-pound proposal for lobster marketing and other proposals form the lobster reports.
There will also be a discussion on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans demand for logbooks in the lobster fishery this year, something the provincial and local associations have opposed. Knox said DFO is already short manpower so he doesn’t know how the department will ever be able to enter all the data from the logbooks, He suggested it would make more sense to get by with a pilot program this year and wait until electronic data collection is available, possibly the following year, before moving to industry-wide data collection.
Knox is expressing optimism his fishermen will see improved prices, especially in the lobster fishery this year. He noted Nova Scotia fishermen are getting improved prices for their catches this winter and product is moving well.