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Landings, Shore Prices, Markets Down for Southwest N.S. Lobster Fishery

Above: Donnie Smith and his daughter Chrissie fish for lobster alongside the Cape Sable Island Causeway. Kathy Johnson photo   The opening month of the lobster fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia has been a perfect storm of decreased landings, markets and prices and foul weather. “For members of the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance, the opening of the LFA 33 and 34 lobster season has been extremely challenging,” says executive director Leo Muise. “Inflation, diminished ...

Is the Retail Seafood Market About to Bounce Back?

Long before it kicked off, everyone participating in the lobster fishing area (LFA) 33–34 fishery knew 2022–23 was going to be a challenging season. Lower shore prices, market uncertainty and record prices for bait and diesel are among some of the adversities facing harvesters this year. Buyers and processors in Nova Scotia are also being extra cautious due to slower than normal international markets at this stage of the season. At the same time, fishermen have their calculators out ...

Lobster Season Begins in SW Nova

With the lobster season off and running in Southwestern Nova Scotia, regulators want harvesters to be aware of the risks involved. Vessels will be loaded with traps and gear, increasing the risk of an accident, especially in inclement weather. “Boarding boats in the cold and dark, at the mercy of the weather and the sea, makes fishing dangerous work. Safety is a crucial priority,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Steve Craig. “One tragedy is one too many, so we urge ...

Adding Insult to Injury

Author Elizabeth Edwards once wrote, “She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” With a challenging 2023 lobster season on the horizon, it looks as the though the resilient commercial fishermen in Southwest Nova Scotia might have quite a bit of metaphorical sail adjusting to do over the next six months. Harvesters in this region are no strangers to adversity and they are certainly going to have to call upon that experience to navigate the ...

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 ...

Industry Slams Red List Designation for Lobster and Snow Crab

When the U.S.-based Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program red listed Canadian lobster and crab as seafood to avoid due to entanglement risks with North American right whales (NARWs) in September, it didn’t take long for Atlantic Canadian industry stakeholders to react. “We need to stand up and push back on what Seafood Watch represents: activism masquerading as science,” say the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC) and the Lobster Processors Association in an opinion piece. “We ...

Market Challenges Continue for Lobster Industry

Going into the fall, the lobster sector is facing market access challenges in nearly every key market. These challenges will require additional human resources and support by trade organizations to ensure smooth movement of live and frozen lobster products, says Lobster Council of Canada (LCC) executive director Geoff Irvine. “In Europe, we continue to work with live and frozen exporters to transition to the online health certificate system, TRACES NT. In general, this has been a ...

Strong Landings During P.E.I. Spring Lobster Fishery

Rising Operating Costs Negatively Impacted Enterprises’ Bottom Lines   While the final tally isn’t in, lobster landings in Prince Edward Island’s spring lobster fishery were solid this year. “We do not have official landings for the spring 2022 lobster fishery at this point, but reportedly overall landings have been strong. They may be off slightly over last year but officially that remains to be confirmed,” says Molly Aylward, executive director of the P.E.I. Fishermen...

Alternative Bait Options Generating Interest but Challenges Persist

Above: Lonnie Snow photo     While interest is growing in an alternative bait product developed on Prince Edward Island, it’s not without some challenges. “As far as interest, phone calls, emails, there’s a 1,000 per cent increase. Sales have basically doubled from last year,” says Mark Prevost, co-founder of Bait Masters located in Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I. Prevost said the company has three people employed full time and the occasional part timer in the winter, ...

Lobster Markets Negatively Impacted by COVID-19, Inflation and World Unrest

Above: The K.D. and 4J’s idles into the Clark’s Harbour wharf with a load of lobster traps, as the LFA 34 fishery winds down for another season. Kathy Johnson photo     COVID-19 continues to impact both the live and frozen lobster markets for Canadian exporters. “The live and frozen lobster market has adjusted in 2022 after record exports in 2021,” says Geoff Irvine, executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC). “For the frozen lobster meat and ...