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Some New Brunswick lobster fishermen park boats concerned with low prices

first_imgSHEDIAC, N.B. – Some lobster fishermen in eastern New Brunswick tied up their boats and remained onshore Thursday in a protest over the prices they’re getting for lobster.Fishermen in ports such as Pointe-Sapin and Richibucto remained at the docks, saying landings are down and prices are low.“Some processors were telling some fishermen that their price was going to be $5 and $5.50 a pound, and last week they found out from those same buyers and processors that their price was going to be far less. You can imagine the frustration of fishermen right now,” said Michel Richard, an organizer with the Maritime Fishermen’s Union.Fishermen say right now they’re being paid about $4.25 per pound for canners and $4.75 per pound for market lobsters.They say it’s a big drop from about $7.50 per pound in the spring.Richard said fishermen aren’t getting any answers from the processors and buyers about the price drop.“The fishermen are frustrated because they don’t know exactly where to get that information,” he said.But Jerry Amirault, president of the Lobster Producers Association of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, said producers are paying what the market can bear.“At this time the markets are fragile, and we are working with the MFU and the fishermen,” he said.Amirault said the change in the value of the Canadian dollar has had an impact on exports.Since late July the value of the U.S. dollar has gone from $1.35 Canadian to $1.25 Canadian, the equivalent of a 7 per cent drop for Canadian exporters selling in U.S. dollars.The provincial Department of Fisheries issued a statement, saying it is working with the fishermen and the processors.“The price of lobster is determined by market conditions. There are many components of pricing within the marketplace. They include … availability of supply, fluctuation in market demand and fluctuation in exchange rates,” the statement reads.In 2016, the value of New Brunswick’s exports of seafood increased by $157 million to $1.6 billion compared to the year before.It’s not the first time fishermen have protested over lobster prices.In 2013, fishermen in New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Nova Scotia stayed at the docks in a protest over prices. At the time, prices had dipped to about $2.75 per pound for canners and $3.25 per pound for market lobsters.New Brunswick fishermen blocked trucks delivering Maine lobsters to three producers in Cap-Pele and Shediac in 2012.Richard said not all the current lobster fishermen are protesting the prices. He said some of the boats didn’t go out Thursday because of high winds.The fall season, for the zone covering much of the Northumberland Strait, opened Aug. 8 and runs until Oct. 9.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.last_img read more

TELUS STORYHIVE announces 30 femaledirected digital shorts finalists

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Congratulations to the 30 finalists chosen for the STORYHIVE Digital Shorts female director edition.NSI delivers training for the selected projects and their creators once they’re chosen through the STORYHIVE process. The public chooses 15 projects from content creators in British Columbia and 15 from Alberta.Each of the 30 finalists receive a $10K production grant, training and mentoring from seasoned NSI team members, and distribution on TELUS Optik™ TV On Demand. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The 30 finalists are:BCAkashi-あかし- from Mayumi YoshidaAn Army of Hearts from Alex DuncanBetter Together from Jen MuranetzThe Apprenticeship of Raffael Cocco from Krista KellowayScattered from Debra SearsThe Deer from Julie Lynn MortensenDrift Softly from Shelby WilsonFinal Breath from Kim FeragenStatic Alex from Alayna SilverbergThe Man in the Rabbit Mask from Tarun KeramNever Better from Synnove GodesethPast Time from Petie ChalifouxUnder the Radar from Erin CummingAll My Jokes Are About Me from Shiraz HigginsThe Unconditional Love from Sunitha DevadasAlbertaInconvenient from Cassandra Paige JohnstonInstant from Lauren LimThis Is Not a Passport Photo from Stephanie SimpsonChocolate Cake from Brittney GrabillUp in Smoke from Paige K. BoudreauHenna from Melissa KreilThe Winter Song from Rebecca FrickI Phub You from Sam ReidOKT – Only Known Time from Jessekiah JostSleepwalker from Anna CooleyNightwalk from Andrea BecaActress Denied from Alana FischerNight Light from Kennedy BaileyIrene from Alicia KrawchukVoluptuous Beauty from Nicole Murphy Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more