04/20/2015 15:18 EDT | Updated 06/20/2015 01:12 EDT

Bill would allow collection of lobster levy once Nova Scotia fishermen decide

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's lobster industry would be able to collect a marketing levy on sales under legislation introduced today by the provincial government, although fishermen haven't decided whether to charge such a fee.Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell says a change to the Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act would enable the province to collect a financial contribution once the industry in Nova Scotia decides what form it would take.But Colwell says there is still no consensus among lobster fishermen on the implementation of a levy.Lobster fishermen in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have agreed to the collection of a marketing levy.The levy was proposed in 2013 and would see fishermen and the onshore side of the industry, such as buyers and processors, each pay one-cent per pound of lobster caught to cover the cost of advertising campaigns and other promotional initiatives.Colwell says any decision on what form a levy will take in Nova Scotia will have to come from the industry.