Asian Markets Could Lead to Record Opening Day Prices in LFA 33-34
The lobster fishery in LFA (lobster fishing area) 33-34 closed on a very high note at the end of May with harvesters receiving $6/pound for their catch, the same amount paid at the opening of the season in late November 2015 a far cry from the $3.25/pound earned just a few short years ago.
And if landings in LFA 35 (southeastern part of New Brunswick and an area from Digby back to the Minas Basin in Nova Scotia in the Bay of Fundy) are any indication, the fishing season which opens Nov. 29, ...
EU Trade Deal the Perfect Christmas Gift for Our Fishing Industry
Christmas is a time for fellowship and giving, where, for a very brief period in time, an aura of peace and goodwill that seems to permeate the psyche of many of us, placing what we perceive as ill winds at bay, at least for a few weeks.
The problem is, when we awake from the festivities, the ever-so-brief lull which is like medication to dull the pain does nothing to solve the cause of the pain.
Free trade deals between nations have become a fact of life and as with most deals there are ...
Fishery Alive and Kicking in South Western Nova Scotia
Contrary to popular opinion, the commercial fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia is far from comatose and is indeed alive and kicking.
You don’t have to look too far to prove this point.
Some boat builders are booked up for the next four years as fishermen — especially lobstermen — are opting for the big 50-footers so they can extend their fishing grounds and time.
A lobster buyer in Meteghan River, who employed some 70 or so workers four year ago, now has 300 on the payroll and ...
Signs Point to Positive: Harvesters Hopeful for Strong Spring Lobster Fishery in P.E.I.
By mid-April 2015 some Prince Edward Island fishermen were so anxious about the unusual ice conditions in their harbours that many grabbed their chainsaws and started trying to clear up the blockages themselves.
In the end, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) decided to delay the spring lobster season from its usual April 30 start date in the hopes that the ice would clear out naturally. The season officially opened several days later and was extended at the tail end of the season ...
Winter Lobster Fishery Remaining Strong: Concerns Raised Over Quality of Some Landed Product
When asked to describe the first few weeks of the lobster fishery in LFA 34, Hubert Saulnier, who has fished from his home port of Meteghan River for the past 46 years, said that “catches were down but landings were up.”
While it sounds like an oxymoron, he was right. Initial landings were down from a year ago, but since fishermen could fish almost every day during those first two weeks, overall landings were up.
Prices have also been good — staying above $6/pound for that period, ...