Lob­ster size shouldn’t sep­a­rate Is­land fish­er­men

Journal Pioneer - - EDITORIAL -

This is in re­sponse to the West­ern Gulf Fish­er­men As­so­ci­a­tions’ ar­ti­cle in the Jour­nal Pi­o­neer on Tues­day, Jan. 16, 2018. I would like to clar­ify a few things.

The WGFA seem to think that the Prince County Fish­er­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion want them to go up in mea­sure. This is not at all what was pro­posed at the an­nual meet­ing re­cently. I at­tended this meet­ing and I be­lieve that the PCFA was ask­ing for a UNI­FORM SIZE FOR ALL OF P.E.I. and not try­ing to dic­tate what other as­so­ci­a­tions should do. Let’s try to work on a uni­form pol­icy for all three zones. This should se­ri­ously be looked at for fair­ness to all Is­land fish­ers.

As for con­ser­va­tion, we are glad that the WGFA has de­cided to par­tic­i­pate as we’ve been at it for over 10 years. I be­lieved that con­ser­va­tion is the key to the in­creases in our catches in the last few years. I hope we can work to­gether for a bet­ter fish­ery for all of us.

Paul Gal­lant, Abram Vil­lage

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