August 11, 2004
For immediate release
MacAdam Continues to Press Lobster Issue
Agriculture, Fisheries, Aquaculture & Forestry
“We met with Minister Regan in the spring and asked him to honour the previously agreed upon lobster plan. Despite having scientific data showing females within the window are the most productive, Department of Fisheries and Oceans chose to impose a maximum size instead,” Minister MacAdam noted.
“Both Premier Binns and I asked Minister Regan to stay the course and see if the conservation plan, implemented with the cooperation of Prince Edward Island LFA 25 fishers in 2003, would be successful. It appears our requests have not been respected.”
Minister MacAdam said that LFA 25 fishers worked hard to develop a five-year conservation plan. “To see their efforts cast aside in less than a year is disheartening. These new management measures will cause additional hardship to fishers in this lobster area.”
“I am continuing to press Minister Regan for a face-to-face meeting for further discussion on the lobster issue and other important Prince Edward Island fishery issues, including herring seiners and the future of our groundfish-dependent fishermen. I want to ensure that Prince Edward Island’s interests are well understood when federal decisions are being made that affect the Prince Edward Island fishery,” concluded the Minister.