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LFA 34 Season Opening

The season in lobster fishing area (LFA) 34 was late starting due to inclement weather. The all-important lobster season off Southwest Nova Scotia kicked off on Dec. 8 instead of the scheduled Nov. 30. Kathy Johnson photos

Don’t Fear Expansion of Indigenous Fishing Rights

The Canadian lobster industry is in turmoil over Indigenous fishing rights. In 1999, the Canadian supreme court ruled that Mik’maq and other First Nations had harvest rights that had to be recognized by the Canadian government. For decades, this was never implemented. For that reason, the Sipekne’katik First Nation began a test case, issuing 11 licenses themselves, limited to 50 traps each and began to fish lobster in Southwestern Nova Scotia during the closed season. This led to the ...

Possible Agreement Forthcoming?

Above photo by Lonnie Snow Draft MOU from DFO on Moderate Livelihood Lobster Fishery Under Review by Sipekne’katik First Nation   Could there finally be a resolution on the horizon to the months-long moderate livelihood lobster fishing dispute in Nova Scotia? A draft memorandum of understanding (MOU) from federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan was being considered by the Sipekne’katik First Nation in December. “This agreement has the potential to be a historic ...

Lobster Season Underway in Southwest Nova Scotia

Above photo: The lobster season in LFA 33 opened on Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 in LFA 34. Kathy Johnson photos   There wasn’t a peaceful, easy feeling for the commercial lobster fishing sector in Southwest Nova Scotia as the all-important six-month season opened in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34. Threats of gear tampering by First Nations had harvesters on high alert, while COVID-19 has lobster buyers monitoring market conditions day by day. “I would say that the sector ...

LFA 33-34 Lobster Fishery Set to Open Nov. 30

Above photo: Shelburne County lobster fisherman Josh Garron paints buoys for the upcoming season in Southwestern Nova Scotia. Kathy Johnson photos   Weather permitting, the commercial lobster fishery in Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 33 and 34 will open on Nov. 30 this year. The largest lobster fishery in Canada, more than 4,000 fishermen will head to sea aboard the 979 licenced vessels in LFA 34 and 683 in LFA 33 for the six-month season. Given the economic turmoil and ...

Cautious Optimism Surrounds Opening of LFA 35 Fishery

There’s some optimism among licence holders as the first of the fall commercial lobster seasons in western Nova Scotia gets ready to open. October 14 is dumping day in lobster fishing area (LFA) 35 in the Bay of Fundy. “The old guys used to say if you didn’t catch them in the spring, you’ll catch them in the fall” and considering the spring season was “historically awful, I think there’s a lot of optimism among the licence holders in LFA 35 because the last few days of the ...

P.E.I. Spring Lobster Season Better Than Expected

The 2020 spring lobster season on Prince Edward Island could have been better, but it certainly could have been worse. “The spring season in a nutshell, I think it went better than most people expected,” said Jerry Gavin, executive director of the Prince Edward Island Seafood Processors Association. “When we started the season, labour was down 30 per cent, all plants had to have a COVID-19 response plan and protocols in place. There were concerns about the safety of the workers and ...

Lobster Exporters Cautiously Optimistic Markets Will Continue to Recover

Above photo by Kathy Johnson While lobster exporters have been facing some COVID-19 obstacles moving product into China this summer, not all the news is bad. “In general, markets have recovered faster than we expected and we are cautiously optimistic that this will continue through the summer,” said Geoff Irvine, executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC). Irvine said the European Union markets are “opening slowly with volumes increasing in live and processed ...

Meeting Specifications

These days, nearly all commercial food products are grown, harvested, cut and packaged in accordance with specifications. Governments specify the minimum requirements that must be met to ensure consumer health and safety. Food retailers, restaurant operators and other food service organizations specify additional requirements to ensure their products will be attractive to consumers, meet targeted price points and fit into their production and distribution systems. Both sets of specifications ...

Strength of Frozen Lobster Means We Survive the Summer

Two things have combined to help both the snow crab and lobster fisheries avoid the worst-case scenarios that were feared back in April. First, government stimulus programs and employment benefits have protected consumer spending to a large extent. And what people are not spending going out, they are spending on the seafood they crave when they see it priced aggressively at retail. So, we have the strongest snow crab market seen in years and we have a good recovery of interest in frozen ...