CHARLOTTETOWN -- Prince Edward Island Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development, Ron MacKinley says his department is pleased with the positive response received since the release of the Maritime Lobster Panel’s report in November and with the progress achieved since then.
The report was commissioned by the Fisheries departments of the three Maritime provinces. Now the three departments are teaming up to host a lobster value recovery summit in Halifax March 26 and 27. Thesummit will focus on the recommendations from the Maritime Lobster Panel report and will seek consensus on the changes it identified as needed to strengthen the industry.
The report addresses why there was a sudden drop in price last spring and examines the various cost and revenue components of harvesters, buyers and processors in the Maritimes. It provides strategic advice on marketing initiatives and on a course of action to stabilize and then potentially increase prices paid to harvesters. It also identifies options for a formal system where the industry would know the price that will be paid to harvesters before they put their gear in the water.
The Lobster Council of Canada, assisted by a steering committee comprised of industry and government representatives from the three provinces, is organizing the two-day event. Industry representatives from Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec will be attending.