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November 1, 2013
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Future Fishers attend lobster sustainability workshop

Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development

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A workshop on lobster sustainability is part of a program designed to attract a new generation of fishers to an important Island industry, says Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley.

“It is essential for our young fishers to learn as much as they can about the lobster stocks in order to protect and sustain them,” said the minister. “Learning more about the resource also helps to develop new ideas and new ways of promoting our seafood products around the world.”

The Future Fisher Program provides both an incentive and a training opportunity for young fishers entering the industry. The program is unique in Atlantic Canada and was renewed by the province last year.

Since the program began in 2009, 94 young fishers have participated in workshops and courses offering a variety of educational and mentoring opportunities. Young fishers are required to take courses in marine emergency duties, first aid, radio communications, lobster biology and health, and business management.

Speaking at a Future Fisher workshop held recently in Cornwall, Minister MacKinley said the program reflects government’s commitment to ensuring a strong future for both the fishery and for rural communities across Prince Edward Island.

“Investing in young fishers is key to a successful industry,” said the minister. “As the next generation of fishers, they are the future of the industry and the future of our rural communities.”

Media Contact: Kim Devine
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