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Full Production of P.E.I-Manufactured Alternative Bait Expected by October

Above: Wally MacPhee and Mark Prevost, founders of Bait Masters in Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I., plan to begin full production of their alternative bait product this fall. Contributed photo   A Prince Edward Island company has plans to be in full production of an alternative bait product for the lobster and snow crab fisheries by this October. Bait Masters was founded by Mark Prevost and Wally MacPhee of Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I. Prevost was a commercial fisherman, while MacPhee ...

Big Catches, Record Shore Prices in P.E.I. Lobster Fishery

It’s been a banner year so far for the lobster industry on Prince Edward Island. The landings have been solid, the shore price record-setting and processors have been able to secure an adequate workforce. “We got our labour and we got our labour on time,” said Jerry Gavin, executive director of the P.E.I. Seafood Producers Association. Gavin said there were some challenges in getting temporary foreign workers to Canada this year. Workers from Mexico and the Caribbean had to be ...

Long on Fish Tales, Short on Facts

Cooper Institute Distorts the Story in P.E.I.’s Lobster Industry   As advocates for Prince Edward Island’s seafood processors, we feel compelled to respond to the recently released Safe at Work, Unsafe at Home: COVID-19 and Temporary Foreign Workers in Prince Edward Island by the Charlottetown-based Cooper Institute. Its authors used questionable methodology to promote simplistic solutions and to disparage the reputation of our members. Over the last decade, acute labour ...

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 ...

Industry Cautiously Optimistic as P.E.I. Lobster Fishery Readies to Open

There is cautious optimism from both harvesters and processors as the start of the spring lobster fishery on Prince Edward Island nears. “I think we’re going to be in a better position than we were May 1st last year when there was so much uncertainty,” said Gerry Gavin, executive director of the P.E.I. Seafood Producers Association in an interview. “If you look at where we were last year, there was so much uncertainty and discussions if there should even be a season.” Going ...

P.E.I. Industry Hoping to Build off New and Existing Support Programs

There is continued optimism in Prince Edward Island’s seafood industry. While the COVID-19 pandemic-induced uncertainty and restrictions were a cause for concern at the beginning of 2020 for aquaculture, fisheries and seafood processing sectors in Prince Edward Island, “we feel that industry worked hard and made proper adjustments to mitigate damage and find success,” said Jamie Fox, Minister of Fisheries and Communities in a statement to The Navigator. “I want to recognize all ...

The Tignish Lobster Trap Tree of Hope

Photos courtesy of Town of Tignish Ruby Arsenault is very proud of the Tignish, Prince Edward Island lobster trap tree. “When you drive by it’s like the tree of hope,” she said in an interview. The first lobster trap Christmas tree was erected in 2018. “We lost two individuals in the fall fishing (season) so it went up that Christmas in memory of them and all other fishermen lost at sea,” said Arsenault. Another tree was built last Christmas in memory of another ...

P.E.I. Spring Lobster Season Better Than Expected

The 2020 spring lobster season on Prince Edward Island could have been better, but it certainly could have been worse. “The spring season in a nutshell, I think it went better than most people expected,” said Jerry Gavin, executive director of the Prince Edward Island Seafood Processors Association. “When we started the season, labour was down 30 per cent, all plants had to have a COVID-19 response plan and protocols in place. There were concerns about the safety of the workers and ...

Sea of Uncertainty as P.E.I. Lobster Fishery Opens

Lobster fishermen on Prince Edward Island were facing a sea of uncertainty as they readied to start their spring season. With the opening delayed until May 15 for lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 23, 24 and 26 due to a multitude of issues and concerns that have washed ashore for the seafood industry due to COVID-19, it’s “a big picture of variables” going into the season, said Ian MacPherson executive director of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA). The two-week delay in the ...

On the Waterfront – April 2020

Conservation Groups Welcome Ruling on Hatchery Expansion Ecojustice, on behalf of grassroots groups and individuals concerned about the health of wild Atlantic salmon stocks, welcomed the recent Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador’s decision on the Indian Head Hatchery Expansion Project. Ecojustice went to court in November 2019 on behalf of the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland, the Freshwater-Alexander Bays Ecosystem Corporation, the Port au Port Bay Fishery Committee, ...