Coronavirus Causing Losses for Local Lobster Industry
2020 SENA in Boston Postponed
Above: Shore workers at the Lower Woods Harbour wharf stack a crate of tubed lobsters onto a pallet for the next stage of their journey to market. Kathy Johnson photo
The loss of the Chinese market for live lobster due to the coronavirus this winter has caused major losses for the seafood industry in southwestern Nova Scotia.
“There’s been so much money lost its going to be hard to rebound from this one,” said Lockeport lobster dealer ...
Harvesters Hoping Spring Lobster Fishing Will Soon Ramp Up in SW Nova
Coronavirus Fears Starting to Negatively Impact Industry
Above: Lonnie Snow photo
Lobster fishing boats in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 will soon be back at it in earnest for the final three months of the six-month season that ends on May 31.
Foul weather has played a major factor in the opening months of the fishery.
“We had some of the worst weather in the first two and half weeks of the season than we’ve had in quite a while,” said Bernie Barry, ...
Coronavirus Impacting Lobster Export Markets
On January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened to discuss the coronavirus outbreak in China and declared it a public health emergency of international concern.
As of press time, the WHO reported nearly 30,000 cases worldwide, leading to about 600 deaths.
As a result, more and more airlines, including Air Canada, are cancelling flights to China. Many of these flights are cargo flights — including the ones from Halifax that routinely ship Atlantic Canadian lobster and other ...