St. John’s Antigua: Chief Fisheries Officer Cheryl Jeffrey-Appleton says the payment scheme of local hotels could give some insight into why local fishers prefer to sell their lobsters elsewhere.
Hoteliers, restaurateurs and supermarkets are complaining of a lobster shortage.
Chief Fisheries Officer Cheryl Jeffrey Appleton: Listen to the Big Story:
Deputy Chief Fisheries Officer Philmore Abiola James says what may be going on in the industry is a competition among buyers.
Deputy Chief Fisheries Officer Philmore Abiola James: Listen to the Big Story:
Recently, Chinese unnamed Chinese traders have come under fire for their method of garnering lobsters for export.
Fishermen who do business with the Chinese say they pay a fixed price all year round for the commodity, as opposed to hoteliers who generally have only a seasonal interest in the product.
However, Appleton says fishermen prefer to sell their catch to other purchasers, because their payments are constant and instant.
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