LFA 35 Fishery Well Underway
Above: Kathy Johnson photo
A strong shore price was being paid when the first commercial lobster fishery in the Bay of Fundy opened for the season on Oct. 12.
Lobster fishing area (LFA) 35 opened a day earlier than usual due to the weather forecast. LFAs 36, 37 and 38, also in the Bay of Fundy, were scheduled to start Nov. 14.
This year, LFA 35 opened with a $9 to $10/pound shore price. Last year, the season opened at $6 to $7/pound being paid for the catch.
LFA 35 Fishermen “Devastated” by Opening Price
Above photo by Kathy Johnson
An opening shore price of $6 to $7/pound in lobster fishing area (LFA) 35 in the Bay of Fundy, which opened on October 14, is proving to be challenging for harvesters.
“Fishermen are saying they are devastated by the price. It’s not even a break-even price,” says Colin Sproul, president of the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association. “It’s not sustainable at that price.”
With the cost of fuel, bait, gear and boats ...
Optimism Surrounding Opening of LFA 35 Fishery
A solid shore price and a quality catch are expected when the lobster fishing area (LFA) 35 fishery opens on Oct. 14 in the Bay of Fundy.
There’s a lot of anticipation around a really high price,” said Colin Sproul, president of the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association.
“We’ve seen tonnes of indication there’s an insatiable demand for lobster and snow crab both in China and Asia right now and there’s a big indication that our lobster coming on the market at that ...
Record-Setting Opening Price in LFA 35
Record-setting shore prices this fall in lobster fishing area (LFA) 35 had fishermen in LFA 33 and 34 optimistic for a strong price when their season opened in late November.
“Everybody is puckered up for a pretty good price,” said Bernie Berry, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association.
In LFA 35, the season opened with a $9/pound shore price, with some buyers paying as much as $10 several weeks into the season.
“It’s the biggest price we’ve ever started out at,” said ...
Trump’s Great Gift to Canada
Thanks to Canada’s neighbour to the south, the optimism level of fishermen in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 34 and 35 must be on the rise.
A few months ago, The Navigator’s sister publication, Atlantic Fisherman, speculated that if trade talks between the U.S. and China continued to go sideways, then the Nova Scotia lobster industry might be on the verge of more market share in the lucrative and all-important Asian market. And it appears that prediction, due mainly to the unpredictable ...
Tidal Energy Turbine Worrying Bay of Fundy Fishermen
Photos by Lonnie Snow
Fishermen in the Bay of Fundy have been left wondering and worrying who will be responsible for the tidal energy turbine that was deployed in the Minas Passage by Cape Sharp Tidal, just days before the parent company in the venture filed for bankruptcy in Ireland.
The turbine deployment was done on July 22, nine days before the lobster fishing area (LFA) 35 lobster fishery closed for the season on July 31 and four days before OpenHydro Group Ltd. filed for ...
Bycatch Data Collection Key Focus at Lobster Forum
The implementation of a bycatch data collection system for Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 33, 34 and 35 by the 2018/19 harvest season was a key focus at the second annual Southwest Nova Scotia Lobster Forum in Yarmouth.
Hosted by the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association, the Maritime Fishermen’s Union, the Coldwater Lobstermen’s Association and the Scotia Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association, more than 100 fishermen from all three LFAs attended the forum, which dealt with ...