POLITICS

Fishermen urge N.S. fisheries minister to help them secure better lobster prices

01/25/2012 07:21 EST | Updated 03/26/2012 05:12 EDT
DIGBY, N.S. - Some lobster fishermen in southwestern Nova Scotia say they are disappointed the provincial fisheries minister hasn't attended meetings aimed at getting better prices for their catches.

The newly formed Professional Lobster Fishermen's Association met in Digby County on Tuesday.

But member Will Scott says Fisheries Minister Sterling Belliveau was a no-show and hasn't done enough to help fishermen secure sustainable prices.

The group has agreed not to sell for less than $5.50 per pound and threatened to tie up their boats if prices didn't rise.

Prices in the region's winter fishery are in the range of $5 per pound.

Lobster fishermen say many can't afford to go out for that price.

(CJLS)