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 ...
New Study Outlines Good News for Future SW Nova Lobster Habitat
Above: Lonnie Snow photo
Overall projected changes in offshore lobster habitat for the region, as a whole, appear to be positive.
However, changes in resource management need to be considered to promote the long-term sustainability of the fishery in Nova Scotia, according to the findings of a new study published this fall in Frontiers in Marine Science.
The study was a collaboration between researchers at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Bedford Institute of Oceanography ...
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 ...
Complexity Versus Simplicity
For as long as I can remember — which now goes back nearly four decades — market research has consistently found that consumers do not feel confident about their abilities to buy fish or prepare it at home.
That is a serious problem for our industry, because it means people consume less fish than they would otherwise. But it is also a problem that provides opportunities.
Compared to other protein foods — beef, pork, poultry, sheep — fish are complicated. Consumers typically ...
On the Waterfront — September 2019
CCGS Baie de Plaisance Commissioned in the Magdalen Islands
The Minister of National Revenue, Diane Lebouthillier, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Jonathan Wilkinson, was in Cap-aux-Meules recently to participate in the official commissioning of the new high endurance, self-righting search and rescue lifeboat, named CCGS Baie de Plaisance.
The vessel was built by the Forillon shipyard and delivered to the Coast Guard in November 2017. To ...
Government Committee Releases Report on Climate Change Impacts to Lobster and Snow Crab
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans recently released a report related to its study of the migration of lobster and snow crab in Atlantic Canada and the impact of climate change on carapace size.
The report entitled In Hot Water — Lobster and Snow Crab in Eastern Canada, included 10 recommendations, which focused on the need for more research (climate and economic impacts in particular), as well as the need to collaborate with harvesters (i.e. to advance ...
Lobster Council of Canada Marks 10 Years
Now in its 10th year of operation, the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC) “has evolved to be a self-funding lobster sector organization that represents the entire value chain from the wharf to the market,” says executive director Geoff Irvine.
“Over the past decade we have taken significant steps to improve the way the lobster sector works together and raise the value of the lobster resource for all,” said Irvine, who has been at the helm as executive director since day one.
LCC Submits Funding Proposal for Three-Year Marketing Strategy
The Lobster Council of Canada (LCC) has developed a three-pronged, three-year lobster marketing strategy it hopes is going to be a fit for the funding criteria of the Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund (CFSOF).
“The market for premium protein is complicated and intense around the world,” said Geoff Irvine, executive director of the LCC.
“Canada has a strong brand position and we must take advantage of this to expand and diversify our market to ensure we return the maximum ...