National Fisherman

A delegation of lobster fishermen from Prince Edward Island walked out of a meeting Wednesday in an escalating dispute over carapace sizes.

The Maritime Fishermen's Union wants to move the minimum carapace size to 77 millimetres, something Island fishermen are opposed to.

Mike McGeoghegan, president of the Prince Edward Island Fishermen's Association, says increasing the size is unwise and not financially profitable for PEI.

The two groups were meeting in Moncton, N.B., and Mr. McGeoghegan says the Island delegation left following the union's presentation and after a Feb. 6 date was set for PEI's response.

Read the full story at the Globe and Mail>>

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