CHARLOTTETOWN – During information meetings the P.E.I. Shellfish Association held in Prince and Kings County recently, the association president, Brenda Campbell, urged harvesters to become active and directly involved in their association by bringing ideas and concerns to the table and, in partnership, develop solutions to their concerns.
Fishermen were invited to make suggestions for scientific research projects and they were given updates on association activities and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ online licensing requirements.
Representatives from DFO, UPEI and the P.E.I. Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development provided industry information during the meetings.
Issues raised by fishermen included promoting a greater enhancement role in the eastern region, pressure on clam and quahog inventories across the Island, reclassification of Mill River mid-season last year, plans for replacement of the Cascumpec Bridge, potential impact of multi-species leases on the public fishery and access to computers and issues relating to online registration. It was noted assistance with online registration is available through provincial libraries and at Rural Action Centres.
The association has its annual meeting set for March 27 at Slemon Park, at which time it will report on issues not fully addressed during the information meetings.
The association also provided information on the Hurds Point Trailer Park it owns and operates, and on its efforts to establish a benefits-based membership through purchasing discounts and health benefits.