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  • Greg
    July 01, 2013 - 19:57

    To "ME" If the free-market doesn't work in "practice," then perhaps the fishing industry in Newfoundland is untenable. If businesses need help from the government to keep their costs down, they are not being run properly or are in an untenable market. It's business, it's up to the entrepreneur to find ways to be successful. This is how it works in every other part of the world, yet Newfoundland doesn't seem to get it. They think the government needs to make businesses successful. The government can't even run itself, let alone other businesses. I believe the EU was looking to buy product from Newfoundland, but instead of dropping this stupid processing rule and letting the the largest combined economy in the world put an offer on the table (which would have been a lot more than what the "price-setting panel" is giving), Kathy Dunderdale decided to "stick it to the man" and all you fools supported her in doing so.

  • Jeff Holden
    July 01, 2013 - 15:46

    I am a buyer of shrimp and and am interested in the size of the shrimp that you are catching. Could some one tell me what size the in shell shrimp is?

  • me
    July 01, 2013 - 11:39

    just a note togreg,i beg todiffer on the opinion that prices are set to create employment. Businesses need to survive after costs and if you land a lot of product, you end up with quality suffering . We harvest in summer and seafood and heat dont go wel together. AS for buyers from outside the province paying moreand thus creating more jobs and giving fishers more money is the kind of stuff that looks good on paper but in the real world, it just words on paper. Those working in the fishing industry can tell you it doesnt work that way

  • FINTIP
    July 01, 2013 - 07:59

    The price set by the panel is the minimum ex-vessel price at which product changes hands from harvester to processor. It neither compels the harvester to fish, nor the processor to buy, should one or both conclude it is not in its economic interest to do so. This is not the first occasion on which members of one or both groups concluded they could not operate on a profitable basis. That's down to a complex set of market and operating cost factors that are beyond the control of either. The elimination of the price setting panel, as argued by Mr. Butler, will not change that. What it would do is set harvester against harvester as processors orchestrate a race to the bottom that might serve their short-term goals but leave the industry in complete disarray in the long term. In short, the processors will never be happy until they have succeeded in squeezing out the independent harvester in favour of a fisheries model in which the processors own and control the harvesting effort.

  • Greg
    June 30, 2013 - 18:08

    Clearly there is no need for a price-setting panel, in fact, it HURTS the economy. Who cares if it helps keep a few 14-week jobs in these dying outport communities? If you had buyers from outside the province competing for this resource, they'd be paying a lot more for it. The more money coming into the province, the more jobs there will be. It's that simple. Fisherman would have more money and would be buying new vehicles, new boats, new gear, taking their families out to eat, spending spending spending, all that would lead to more jobs... full-time, year-round jobs too, not these 14-week jobs that leave Newfoundland dependent on the Federal EI program.