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Maritime provinces convene panel to look at lobster industry

Prince Edward Island fisherman Darrell Doucette loads a trap onto his boat in North Rustico for the start of the spring lobster fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on April 29, 2013.

Brian McInnis/The Canadian Press

Fisheries ministers from the Maritime provinces have named a three-member independent panel to examine slumping lobster prices in the region.

The ministers made the announcement late Friday after a meeting in Fredericton.

New Brunswick Fisheries Minister Michael Olscamp says the panel has been asked to take a close look at the industry, but to also recognize the differences in each province.

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The panelists are: New Brunswick's Gilles Theriault, a longtime fishing consultant; Nova Scotia's John Hanlon, a retired manager with the federal Fisheries Department; and Prince Edward Island's Lewie Creed, a former provincial deputy minister of fisheries.

The ministers also agreed to work on marketing initiatives as well as reaching out to their counterparts in Newfoundland, Quebec, Maine and the federal government.

The panel's report is expected in September.

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