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Question 17

Colin LaVie gives notice that he will ask the Minister responsible for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development the following question:

Date Submitted : November 20, 2014

Fisherman support the one cent per pound levy, but are concerned who will hold the money. Can you provide details on how this will proceed and who will hold the money? How can fishermen be assured the money will be used solely for marketing? Will fisherman have a say in how the money is spent? How much money will the Government put into the marketing fund? Will the Government provide funds to this annually? Is PEl able to lead this on their own? Should it not be a combined effort of all three Maritime Provinces? When would the Minister like to see this levy in place by?


Date answered : December 04, 2014
The PEl Fishermen's Association has indicated on a number of occasions that they are pursuing the formation of a lobster Commodity Board under the Natural Products Marketing Act. If the formation of a commodity board is endorsed by fishers, the Commodity Board will hold the levy proceeds for the harvesters and harvesters will be involved in the decision making on how it is spent.

The Report of the Maritime lobster Panel recommended that a legislative mechanism(s) be developed in each of the Maritime Provinces and the potential to leverage other funding sources be explored.

As clearly indicated in the Report ofthe Maritime lobster Panel and stated publically on a number of occasions, the maritime provinces and industry are working together to develop and implement a comprehensive generic marketing and promotion campaign for Canadian lobster. The effort on Prince Edward Island is moving forward on a timeline that could allow the PEl harvester and buyer levies to be collected in 2015. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick continue to move forward as well but at a slower pace than Prince Edward Island. Any decisions on whether PEl leads a generic campaign on their own will be worked out in the future by industry and government.


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