ALBERTON -- For a second year in a row the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association is offering to help match commercial fishermen seeking helpers with individuals seeking work as crewmembers.
Ian MacPherson, managing director of the PEIFA, didn’t have figures on how many people made use of the offer last year, but he said he is expecting more activity this year.
He said there has been some concern expressed about seasonal workers deciding to remain out west rather than coming home to fish
“I guess there’s a percentage of that every year,” said MacPherson, but suggested it seems to be more common this year. “It’s something that we are going to watch very closely and start tracking a lot more closely,” he added.
Western Gulf Fishermen’s Association president Craig Avery said there was quite a bit of concern about a worker shortage earlier in the winter but he feels most of the captains would have found their crew by now. Still, he suggested the Fishermen Association’s offer to help match captains with crew is a good idea.
Captains and anyone looking for work simply have to contact the PEIFA office at 566-4050 to sign up for the Employment Matching Initiative.