Big Catches, Record Shore Prices in P.E.I. Lobster Fishery
It’s been a banner year so far for the lobster industry on Prince Edward Island.
The landings have been solid, the shore price record-setting and processors have been able to secure an adequate workforce.
“We got our labour and we got our labour on time,” said Jerry Gavin, executive director of the P.E.I. Seafood Producers Association.
Gavin said there were some challenges in getting temporary foreign workers to Canada this year. Workers from Mexico and the Caribbean had to be ...
Îles-de-la-Madeleine Lobster, Crab Fisheries Most Impacted by Spring Gulf Whale Closures
As of May 27, there were approximately 39 temporary grids (7,448 km2) and 43 season-long grids (9,670 km2) closed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to protect the North Atlantic right whales.
“These closures have had the most impact on the lobster and crab fisheries around the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. To help accommodate snow crab harvesters in crab fishing areas 12 E and 12 F, harvesters were able to finish their fishing season in area 12,” said Barre Campbell, media relations spokesperson for ...
LFA 33, 34 Season Closes with Strong Prices
Above: Lonnie Snow Photo
There was a strong shore price right to the end of the six-month commercial lobster fishery in Nova Scotia lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34.
The season closed on May 31 with fishermen fetching between $8 and $8.25/pound for their catch.
Since the season opened, shore prices have been solid in LFAs 33 and 34. An opening shore price of $7 to $7.25 soon went to $8/pound where it stayed until late January. From there it climbed to a high of $15, ...
SW Nova 2021 Spring Fishery More Promising Than a Year Ago
As the commercial lobster fishery in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 winds down for the season, a strong shore price supported by low inventory and a world-wide market demand has the industry optimistic.
“The spring fishery in lobster and a range of other seafood species looks certainly more promising than one year ago,” said Leo Muise, executive director of the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance.
“Some of the highest pricing ever have been paid in a variety of species, most ...
Are Lobsters Tougher Than We Thought?
As everyone is well aware, the lobster industry, both here and south of the border, is a business worth in the billions of dollars each year.
And once an industry attains such a lofty value, its stakeholders are always on the lookout for not only other possible positive opportunities, but factors that could lead to the detriment of such an important economic driver and resource.
One such factor for the lobster industry that seems to hold the duality of causing both excitement and anxiety ...
COVID-19 Impact on Lobster Markets a Daily Concern
Above: Lonnie Snow photo
It is day by day for lobster buyers and dealers in the Maritimes, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact markets around the world.
“The marketplace continues to be a work-in-progress,” said Leo Muise, executive director of the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance. “As of the end of January, we can report that 2020 was rather challenging in the seafood sector and the initial weeks of 2021 have been similarly so.”
Muise said the market in ...
Industry Cautiously Optimistic as P.E.I. Lobster Fishery Readies to Open
There is cautious optimism from both harvesters and processors as the start of the spring lobster fishery on Prince Edward Island nears.
“I think we’re going to be in a better position than we were May 1st last year when there was so much uncertainty,” said Gerry Gavin, executive director of the P.E.I. Seafood Producers Association in an interview.
“If you look at where we were last year, there was so much uncertainty and discussions if there should even be a season.”
Interim Report Attempting to Find a Way Forward in Pursuit of a Moderate Livelihood Fishery
Above: Hundreds of people attended a rally in Digby on Oct. 13 calling on the federal department of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister Bernadette Jordan to take action to resolve the moderate livelihood fishery dispute and to bring all parties to the table. Kathy Johnson photo
“Establishing trust and respect is an important first step” for implementing the right to fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood, said Allister Surette in his interim report to federal Fisheries ...
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 ...