Atlantic Canada fisheries ministers want to see lobster marketing levy by end of the year

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The Canadian Press-Nova Scotia's fisheries minister says there's a consensus among fishermen to do more to promote the region's struggling lobster industry.

Keith Colwell spoke Thursday after a meeting in Halifax that included fisheries ministers from all three Maritime provinces and industry representatives.

The participants at the meeting largely endorsed an idea to raise money to pay for a new marketing strategy.

The plan is to raise $2.5 million by charging fishermen and processors a per-pound levy on all lobster caught and processed.

The ministers say they hope the levy will be in place by the end of the year.

However, Colwell also says some additional consultation is needed with fisheries organizations.

The levy was proposed last November by a three-member panel that reviewed the lobster industry and its persistent problem with slumping prices.

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Halifax, Maritime

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