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SWNS Lobster Landings Up as Season Winds Down

Above: Lobster fishing boats wait their turn to offload the day’s catch at the Lower East Pubnico wharf. Kathy Johnson photo   There were lots of lobsters coming ashore in southwestern Nova Scotia during May, the last month of the six-month commercial lobster fishery in LFA 33 and 34. “The catches have come up. The price was a record for a bit but prices have come down quite a bit. I think that’s to be expected. Just about all the districts are open, Eastern Shore, Gaspé, ...

LFA 34 Licence Holders Voting on Lobster Measurement Increase

Above: Above: Lobster fishing boats check their gear off Baccaro Point. In the background is the lighthouse known as The Salvages. Kathy Johnson photo   Lobster fishing area (LFA) 34 licence holders will be voting whether or not they are in favour of increasing the minimum lobster carapace size to coincide with the new U.S. measure coming into effect on Jan. 25, 2025. “The logistics of how the vote will be undertaken will require a few weeks to sort out but the aim is to have ...

Second Early Lobster Season Begins in P.E.I.

Prince Edward Island’s spring lobster season has begun in lobster fishing area (LFA) 26a earlier than usual for the second year in a row. The LFA 26a season, which usually starts in early May, kicked off on April 26 for the second year in a row. According to Ian MacPherson, Executive Director of the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA), the intent of starting the season a few days earlier than usual was to avoid the season being extended into July. “As product ...

Lobster Landings Continue to be Down in Southwestern Nova Scotia

Above: Cape Sable Island fishers Donnie Smith and his daughter Chrissie Smith check lobster traps alongside the Cape Sable Island Causeway. Kathy Johnson photo   With a month to go before the six-month commercial lobster fishery in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 closes on May 31, there didn’t seem to be much improvement in landings. “It’s bad. It’s one of those seasons where a lot of the guys are wondering if they should be fishing something else to try and make up ...

The Lobsters Will Be Fine, But What About Us?

Above: Lonnie Snow photo   The good news is that lobsters are set to easily withstand the rigours of climate change in the coming decades. However, the bad news is that we aren’t. The Centre for Marine Applied Research (CMAR) recently released a report that leads with some heartening news. According to the research group, climate change over the coming three decades poses a “low to moderate risk” for lobsters off the coast of Nova Scotia. Given that the predicted ...

Lobster Hits $20/Pound in Southwestern Nova Scotia

Above: The lobster fishing boat Wave Buster XVII steams out of Pubnico Harbour, bound for the fishing grounds. Kathy Johnson photo   A record-setting price of $20 a pound was being paid to lobster harvesters in southwestern Nova Scotia as March was winding down. “I’ve heard numbers above $19 before but hitting $20 is something new,” said Kris Vascotto, executive director of the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance. “That’s a big number. The other LFAs (lobster fishing areas) ...

Riverside Lobster Permanently Closed

A temporary shutdown has turned into a permanent closure for Riverside Lobster International (RLI) in Meteghan, Digby County. Parent company Champlain Seafood announced on Feb. 13 that Riverside Lobster would not be reopening and will be permanently closed. This shutdown of operations will impact the main lobster processing plant as well as the live lobster holding and export operations. In October 2023, the company announced that Riverside would not process lobster for the fall lobster ...

Lacklustre Lobster Season Continues in Southwestern N.S.

Above: Below: The Hit n Miss 1 steams into the Falls Point wharf in Woods Harbour, N.S. during the winter lobster fishery. Kathy Johnson photos   With winter weather finally settling in, the lobster fishery in Southwestern Nova Scotia slowed to a snail’s pace in February. The winter fishery has “been pretty normal considering the way the season started,” said Tommy Amirault president of the Coldwater Lobster Association. “It started down and never really got up, but the ...

Adjustment Needed in Canadian Lobster Industry in Light of New U.S. Regulations

The minimum size of lobster caught and sold in the United States is about to make two significant jumps in the next four years and the Canadian lobster industry is still figuring out the impact it will have. As of January 1, 2025, the minimum carapace size of lobsters sold in the U.S. will increase from 82 millimetres to 84 millimetres. By 2027, this number will again increase to 86 millimetres. Lobsters below these set sizes caught in the U.S. must be thrown back, and lobster being exported ...

Winter Fishing Slows in LFAs 33 and 34

Some days in January it seemed there were more lobster traps coming ashore than lobsters in the southwestern Nova Scotia lobster fishery. Water temperatures are unusually cold in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34 this winter and overall, lobster landings continue to be low for many fishers. “The catches haven’t been that great. There hasn’t been a lot landed this year,” said Lockeport lobster buyer Mike Cotter, Cotter’s Ocean Products. Cotter said water temperatures are ...