Dec. 16, 2008
HALIFAX, N.S. (CNB) - Maritime fisheries ministers met with federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea in Halifax on Tuesday Dec. 16, to discuss the industry, current market challenges, and future co-operation in marketing.
"This was an excellent opportunity to discuss how we can work together collaboratively to market and promote our high-quality seafood products, both domestically and internationally," said Minister of Fisheries Rick Doucet.
Doucet was joined by Nova Scotia's Minister of Fisheries Ron Chisholm, and Allan Campbell, minister of fisheries, aquaculture and rural development for Prince Edward Island.
"We realize that we all must work together to see the industry through these difficult economic times," said Chisholm. "This meeting allowed us to discuss how we can work with the industry to assist it in regards to boat loans with provincial loan boards and other financial institutions."
"This meeting allowed us to present Minister Shea with an overview of each of our provincial industries, and an outlook for markets over the next few months," said Campbell. "We know there is an immediate need to address the challenges facing our lobster industry in the marketplace."
The ministers agreed that it was beneficial meeting to discuss ways to assist the industry during challenging times. Doucet said that he will take steps to organize a follow-up meeting in early January with his Maritime counterparts to continue discussions on possible joint marketing programs.
MEDIA CONTACT: Angelique Binet, communications, Department of Fisheries, 506-457-3549, or email@example.com.