Application Process Open for Relinquishing 4RST Groundfish Licenses
The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA) is once again offering Island fishermen a financial incentive to relinquish their 4RST fixed gear groundfish licence.
The PEIFA 4RST Fixed Gear Groundfish Rationalization Program “was the vision of the late Tony Carter who sat on both the PEIFA Groundfish Advisory Board as well as our PEIFA Board of Directors,” said Jennifer Dewland administration and funding coordinator for the PEIFA via email.
“Tony always looked at the ...
Positive Year for P.E.I. Lobster Fishermen
Catches and Prices Steady
While the final tally isn’t in, indications are 2019 has been a successful year for Prince Edward Island lobster fishermen.
Bobby Jenkins, president of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA), said while he hasn’t seen any reports yet, from what he’s been hearing “everything is pretty positive as far as landings go,” in lobster fishing area (LFA) 25, which closed on October 10.
“The shore price was up from last year, not a significant ...
Captains Calling for More Enforcement in P.E.I.’s Fishing Industry
Fishermen from the western region of Prince Edward Island want to see more enforcement officers on the docks and out on the water.
Captains from P.E.I.’s Prince County Fishermen’s Association (PCFA), most of whom fish lobster in Lobster Fishing Area 25, in the western part of the Northumberland Strait, recently issued a public call for more DFO officers to be stationed in their part of the province.
They argue that their area is simply too big for the current number of officers to ...
Waste Water Worries
P.E.I. and N.S. Fishermen Concerned with Proposed Plan to Pump Treated Effluent into Northumberland Strait
Above photo: Northern Pulp in Pictou, N.S., is planning to replace the aging effluent treatment facility used by its mill. Its current plan involves pumping treated waste water into the Northumberland Strait, which has angered the fishing and tourism industry. Fishing organizations on both the N.S. and P.E.I. sides of the Strait fear the treated fresh water will harm larval shellfish and ...
Concern Replacing Optimism in LFA 25
Fall P.E.I. Lobster Fishermen Face Disappointing Lull in Price Per Pound
There was a great deal of optimism this year as Prince Edward Island lobster fishermen with fall licences started gearing up for their season — but it didn’t last.
There are about 254 boats from P.E.I. who participate in the Northumberland Strait lobster fishery in Lobster Fishing Area (LFA) 25. The season runs this year from Aug. 8 to about Oct. 8.
By any leap of logic, the captains had good reason to have a ...
P.E.I. Fishermen Left Scrambling for Next Year's Lobster Bait After Sudden Closure of Mackerel Fishery
It’s a small fish that’s caused a disproportionately big ruckus in the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry.
The humble mackerel, long sought after in Atlantic waters as both a food fish and inexpensive bait for far more valuable species like lobster, has recently been the subject of unanswered questions regarding the abrupt ending of its commercial fishing season.
The Department of ...
P.E.I. to Host U.S.-Canada Lobster Symposium
Leading representatives from academia, government, and industry studying the American lobster, and closely related European lobster, will be in Charlottetown November 3-6 for ‘The American Lobster in a Changing Ecosystem II: A U.S.-Canada Lobster Symposium.’
The U.S.-Canada Lobster Symposium is an opportunity for the research community to interact and present results of recent studies to a wide and diverse audience. Over 120 participants are expected from the U.S., Canada and ...
PEIFA Moving Forward With Commodity Board
The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA) has met with Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Alan McIsaac to discuss the lobster levy and expressed their wish to move forward with the formation of a lobster commodity board under the Natural Products Marketing Act.
Once established, the lobster commodity board will finalize details of the plan to market and promote Prince Edward Island lobsters.
It is expected that planning and communication will begin immediately once the ...