Meetings to discuss low lobster prices

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Lobster fishery

The 1688 Professional Lobster Fishermen Association (PLFA) is calling on fishermen and their supporters to turn out for meetings this week to discuss the low lobster prices fishermen are receiving for their catches.

The reports coming out of the industry in the first week of the season is that catches have been high – record catches in some areas.

As for those bringing the lobsters ashore, many fishermen are being paid $3 a pound for their catches.

The 1688 PLFA is calling on fishermen not to go fishing or to hold back their catches until the price goes up.

Two meetings will be held this week to discuss the situation. One will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. at the wharf on Yarmouth’s waterfront (the wharf with the ice plant). The other meeting will be held later in the day on Wednesday in the Barrington Arena parking lot at 2:30 p.m.

In the weeks leading up to the start of the season the 1688 PLFA has urged fishermen not to set their pots until they had a confirmed price for the season – a price considered fair by the industry.

An effort also took place in the days before the opening of the season to try and organize crewmembers to strike but organizers of the effort could not draw the numbers needed.

In September the LFA 34 Management Board had put forth two proposals for licence holders to vote on, one was a one-week delay to the start of the season and the other was a trap reduction that would have seen fishermen fishing 50 less traps each at the start of the season. The majority of licence holders voted against both of these proposals.

Organizations: Professional Lobster Fishermen Association, LFA 34 Management Board

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Recent comments

  • A. Sherman
    December 04, 2012 - 16:41

    Great. More useless meetings that will serve no purpose but to divide the fishermen against themselves further. Let economics take care of it.

  • Ray Toutaver
    December 04, 2012 - 06:15

    Mr Haley, I feel sickened by your post. Find another commodity market where when supply constantly rises that the price also rises. Your comments about greed show total ignorance regarding the industry. Catches this year are up 25-30% over last year, which was the second highest landings ever recorded in LFA 34. In another words, we've caught more lobsters this year than any other time EVER!!! Sorry if you cannon comprehend the reality of the world. Please leave it to those who do, for the sake of the industry and the region. Comments like yours only go to make the situation worse. Typical, but also tiring.

  • Jamie Pothier
    December 04, 2012 - 00:35

    People have to realize that the markets that used to buy the lobster are in the countries with money problems, People are not spending what they used to. the only way to get cheap lobster locally is to buy road side because supermarkets still want 9.99 a lb. An with record catches every where within the Bay of Fundy the market has been flooded for a not to desirable product.

  • Michael Haley
    December 03, 2012 - 13:01

    I am a cosumer of lobster and not a Fisherman so you would think that such low prices would make a consumer elated but it does not. I have many friends and family connected to this once proud industry. I have seen the dangers and experienced the pride that Fishermen have of their life at sea. I believe that these prices are not a supply and demand issue as much as they are an issue of greed by the Buyers. A price that is fair would say so much for the industry and allow this way of life to prevail. All that will come from greed will not be good. I wish the best for these people for the upcoming Christmas Season and hope common sense will prevail. Mike Haley