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Letter to the Editor: A story of levies and lobster


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The idea of imposing a levy on your own country’s businesses, large or small, is commercially unsound because it strangles new business initiative, and weakens old business viability.

  The quality of Nova Scotia lobsters is the last thing needing more ad campaigns. Along with refrigeration, the cold salt water of the Atlantic is a fine preservative. Culls, soft-shelled and hard-shelled lobsters are currently graded as such. I am safe in saying that those who have built, maintained and run the lobster industry (the in-shore fishermen) have everything under control both on and off the water. Perhaps the government should be paying the fishermen a bonus of five cents a pound for every pound caught, instead of making them pay for the right to their livelihood.

  Nova Scotia’s lobsters have been known by their regional name and praised for their superior quality, world-wide, for close to 100 years and it remains logical to manage their harvesting very wisely and to profit fairly from their sterling reputation. But the most important and vital link in this lobster chain is the Fisherman next door, who with present-day fuel and operating costs can well do without the jacking-up of those costs by-way-of another profit-skimming Levy. You would think a government could comprehend that if there comes a time when the little guys can’t make a go of it, the game is over for everyone. It’s just like a pail of fresh milk folks, when there’s no more milk, there’s no more cream.

  Most perplexing of all said one fisherman is the unwillingness on the part of Government Reps to explain where or to whom this lobster-levy revenue will go. The Reps mumble a given script about the need to improve a quality which is presently 100%, and the need to increase advertizing for a product already iconic in the realm of restaurant and home kitchens from those of the world’s richest individuals to just plain-old yours and mine.

You know, after watching government-sanctioned Marine and Maritime Specialists try to attach a rudder to the Bluenose, one begins to wonder about things.

Pete Healy

Shelburne

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