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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 ...

Challenging Lobster Season Wraps up in SWNS

Above: Lobster traps are offloaded from the Lady Joan at the Clark’s Harbour wharf on Cape Sable Island as the LFA 34 fishery winds down for another season. Kathy Johnson photos     Another lobster season is in the books for lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34. The six-month season closed on May 31 with a shore price of $10/pound. “As we reflect upon the fall, winter and spring lobster fishery in LFAs 33 and 34, it was in many respects challenging,” says Leo ...

P.E.I. Spring Lobster Fishery Gets Off to Late Start

Aside from the weather delay for the season start in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 24, 26a and 26b, everything was a go for the Prince Edward Island spring lobster fishery. “I think fishermen are optimistic going into the season. We understand inventories are lower than in past years so that’s usually helpful,” said Ian MacPherson, senior advisor with the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA). “There’s a lot of enthusiasm to get out on the water and get fishing.” Going into ...

DFO Continues Inaction on Category B Lobster Licences

Three years ago, we began our campaign to reverse the outdated “Moonlighter Policy” that targets Category B lobster licence holders in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. In that time, our efforts have consistently been met with delays and an unwillingness to address the issue from DFO. The 50-year-old policy was introduced by Fisheries and Oceans Canada as an attempt to remove people from the fishery as a conservation method. The policy achieved this by targeting fishermen who held ...

Spring Fishing Ramping Up After Harsh Winter Weather

Above: Kathy Johnson photo   With two months to go before the six-month commercial lobster season closes in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34, the fishing fleet will be back on the water in full force come April in southwestern Nova Scotia. Going into March, the fishery had slowed to a crawl with severe winter storms keeping the fleet ashore and even prompting some fishermen to land their gear. “February has been a challenge, the weather,” said Tommy Amirault, ...

Seeing Red Over Lobster Fishery Proposal

From all reports, the lobster season in this region is chugging along and is on par with last year. Speaking of last season, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently reported that lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 recorded landings of 27,395 tonnes, for an approximate landed value of $515 million. That total equates to a whopping 62 per cent of total Canadian landings of lobster. There is no doubt that these are exciting times for the lobster fishery in Southwest Nova ...

Creating Lobster Habitats in Placentia Bay, N.L.

Above: Diver conducting work on reef ball artificial reef. Contributed photos   Artificial reefs, manmade structures used by marine life to provide similar ecosystem services as natural reefs, have been deployed in Newfoundland waters to restore populations of local species, including lobsters. According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) 2021 Science Advisory Report, lobster landings in NAFO Area 3Ps in 2019 were 64 tonnes, a decrease of 86 per cent since 1992. This ...