One of the coldest springs on record blamed for 30 per cent decrease in lobster catch

journalpioneer.com | Jun 29, 2011

CHARLOTTETOWN — Lingering cold, wet weather is being blamed for a 30 per cent decrease in P.E.I.’s spring lobster catch.

Ian MacPherson, executive director of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association, said Tuesday the bad weather has caused fishermen to lose a number of days on the water.

As well, lobsters are not as active in colder water, and this has been one of the coldest springs on record.

While catches have been low, prices have climbed during the course of the season to help ease some of the sting.

MacPherson said prices are currently in the $4.75 to $5.00 range for canners and $5.25 to $5.50 for markets.

However, he said higher costs for fuel and bait have made in another challenging year for fishermen.

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