On the parking lot of Confederation Building in St.John's this morning, southern shore fisherman Rom Dalton was one of a couple of crab fishermen selling fresh crab as part of a symbolic protest over the ongoing price dispute in the crab fishery. Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
Several Newfoundland crab fishermen are staging a symbolic protest outside of Confederation Building in St. John's to highlight the crisis in the industry.
The harvesters, including Jim Chidley of Renews and Derek O'Brien of Cape Broyle, are from the inshore fleet of vessels smaller than 40 feet.
They started selling freshly landed crab this morning from a fish tub for $1.35 per pound.
That's the same price established last month by the province's fish price-setting panel.
Most producers have refused to pay that much, and the fishery, which employs roughly 20,000 people, remains in limbo.
Harvesters have been pleading with the provincial government to provide financing to help the fishery get started, and avoid a situation where producers dump their products into the market, which drives down raw material prices.
The province has refused, saying such action might violate trade laws, and only provide a short-term solution to the ongoing problems in the industry.
For more indepth coverage of this story, see Tuesday's edition of The Telegram.