On the Waterfront – May 2017
Seafood Producers Laud Canada Free Trade Deal
The Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) says a new free trade deal covering internal trade in goods and services in Canada is an historical achievement, on this, the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
“Today’s agreement is an historical agreement, and goes together with the legacies of FTA, NAFTA, CETA and other free deals signed by our federal government with countries around the world,” said Derek Butler, Executive Director of ...
While Trump Cuts Funding to Science, Ottawa Adds Positions in Atlantic Canada
I have to note the difference between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when it comes to science.
President Trump will cut major programs such as the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA — the agency which is predicting an eight-foot plus rise in ocean levels by 2017), while at the same time our federal government has announced $325-million to be shared among the four Atlantic Provinces for fisheries growth.
Included in the package, an informant ...
Nova Scotia Launches China Lobster Export Pilot Project
CETA Deal Approved by EU Parliament
Bad weather, soft shells and low yields from LFA 34 landings, along with high prices, forced most processing plants in Nova Scotia to shut down by January 12 — with the exception of Riverside Lobsters International located in Meteghan River.
Adding to mix was the fact the Chinese market for lobsters was down 30 per cent from last year due to high prices.
In New England, most fishermen pulled up their gear in January which led to a lack of product.
Nova Scotia-China Live Lobster Quality Project Announced
A new lobster quality initiative between Nova Scotia and Tmall-Alibaba, an online retail company in China, will set a premium quality standard for exported Nova Scotia lobster.
Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell announced Feb. 15, that Nova Scotia has signed a memorandum of understanding with the company, to help provide premium quality Nova Scotia lobster to growing online markets in China.
“Nova Scotia is known worldwide for its premium quality lobster and ...
A More Challenging Lobster Season
Lower Landings, Stormy Days Didn’t Lead to Immediate Price Increases
Same quality, lower quantities and strong demand but lower prices — so what gives?
This is the question most lobstermen in LFA 34 (western and southwestern Nova Scotia) are asking themselves as the heady days of Christmas are over and attention now turns to the Chinese New Year and Valentines Day.
Last year, at this time, some harvesters landed product 28 days in a row. This year, high winds cancelled the initial ...
On the Waterfront – January 2017
MFU Executive Secretary Dies in Traffic Accident
The Executive Secretary of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU) was one of two men killed in a Dec. 5 head-on collision on Route 11 in Lower Newcastle, N.B.
Police reported that Christian Brun, 46, of Cormier Village was the driver of a car that collided with a car driven by a 69-year-old man from Miscou, N.B.
Brun was involved in the fishery since 2004, initially as a coordinator during a period of structural change at the Maritime ...
N.L. Minister and Trade Delegation to Promote Provincial Seafood Products in China
Steve Crocker, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods is joining a trade delegation of federal and provincial representatives at the 2016 China Fisheries and Seafood Expo in Qingdao, China.
Eleven seafood producers and organizations from the province will also be attending the expo, which is taking place from November 2-4. The expo is one of the largest seafood trade shows in the world.
“Marketing opportunities are vital for our seafood industry as ...
For centuries, the fishery has forged a rather symbiotic relationship between neighbouring Canada and the United States.
Despite the occasional spat over stocks, fishing grounds and adjacency, the two neighbours have always managed to work through their differences and have become quite interdependent on each other with respect to seafood. With the U.S. being far more populous than Canada, it has always been the go-to market for seafood products caught and produced here.
But recently, it ...