month : 07/2020 17 results

Combatting COVID-19

Lobster, Seafood Marketing Promotions Stepped Up   Promotional efforts to help drive market demand for Atlantic lobster and seafood have been stepped up in recent months to try and counter the impact of COVID-19 on the industry. “To help drive demand as the world recovers from the pandemic, we are implementing our LCC marketing strategy and working with provincial and federal governments on many promotional projects for lobster and Atlantic Canadian seafood in general,” said ...

One for the Ages

Unprecedented Lobster Season Ends in Southwest Nova   You might say that the lobster season in southwestern Nova Scotia has worn out its welcome this year. “Enough is enough,” said one fisherman as he tied up at the Clark’s Harbour wharf to offload gear on May 28. Prevailing foul weather throughout the spring coupled with a low shore price and little in the traps had many fishermen in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34 landing their gear ahead of the May 31 closing ...

2020 Northern Shrimp Quotas Taking a Hit

The 2020 total allowable catches (TAC) for Northern shrimp off Newfoundland’s northeast coast have all been reduced. The reductions did not come as a surprise to those involved in the fishery. After a hint of promise last year in the Northern shrimp fishery off Newfoundland’s northeast coast, it seems the stock has dropped yet again — particularly in the all-important shrimp fishing area (SFA) 6. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) held a technical briefing in February ...

Fish Harvesters Benefit Program Leaves Little to be Desired

While news of $469.4 million in financial aid to help the harvesting sector is being welcomed, the timing of the announcement and the contents of the benefit package left little to be desired, say industry representatives. “It is unfortunate that for LFAs (lobster fishing areas) that opened in the spring, that the announcement was made the day that over 2,500 vessels hit the water,” said Ruth Inniss of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU). “This negated the opportunity for ...

Labour Shortages Continue to be Significant Problem in Processing Sector

In the best of times, finding enough workers is an issue that Maritime seafood producers deal with on a regular basis. Add COVID-19 to the mix and the loss of hundreds of temporary foreign workers and it’s turned into a very significant problem, says Jerry Gavin, executive director of the P.E.I. Processors Association. “Our number one issue is labour,” said Gavin. “We started the season down about 30 per cent of the workforce. It’s still not much better. We’re still down 25 ...

Alternate Bait Research Yielding Positive Results

The winner of last year’s Lobster Bait Challenge in Nova Scotia anticipates being in commercial production by this fall providing an alternate bait source for the industry. Clare Machine Works, represented by Vince Stuart, took the $30,000 prize for the challenge, which was supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and led by industry in conjunction with ACOA, Western Regional Enterprise Network, Perennia and Ignite Labs. Participants who pitched their ideas had ...