P.E.I Lobstermen Target Overseas Markets


P.E.I. lobster fisherman may have been left out of a recent trade mission to China to woo potential buyers, but there may still be hope for future missions, according to a cbc.ca report.

The overseas visits have become important to securing more business for the industry that bottomed out last year alongside the U.S. economy, driving prices down to a 20-year low.

Andre Martin, lobster fisherman and president of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union, whose trip was partially funded by the New Brunswick government, sees the value of sending fishermen on marketing missions. “The importers were really interested in the fishermen,” he’s quoted as saying in the story. “How do we fish, where do we fish, how do we do it, how clean is your water and stuff like that.”

Although the CBC is reporting that the P.E.I. government previously balked at the hefty price tag to send its lobster fishermen on such missions, things may change in the future.

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