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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 ...

Construction of Air Cargo Logistics Park on Schedule at Halifax International

Above photo: The construction of a new $36-million Air Cargo Logistics Park at Halifax Stanfield International is on track for completion in spring 2021. Contributed photo The construction of a new $36-million Air Cargo Logistics Park at Halifax Stanfield International is on track for completion in spring 2021. Announced a year ago, “construction of the Air Cargo Logistics Park continues to move on schedule,” said Glen Boone, Director, Cargo and Real Estate Development via ...

Combatting COVID-19

Lobster, Seafood Marketing Promotions Stepped Up   Promotional efforts to help drive market demand for Atlantic lobster and seafood have been stepped up in recent months to try and counter the impact of COVID-19 on the industry. “To help drive demand as the world recovers from the pandemic, we are implementing our LCC marketing strategy and working with provincial and federal governments on many promotional projects for lobster and Atlantic Canadian seafood in general,” said ...

One for the Ages

Unprecedented Lobster Season Ends in Southwest Nova   You might say that the lobster season in southwestern Nova Scotia has worn out its welcome this year. “Enough is enough,” said one fisherman as he tied up at the Clark’s Harbour wharf to offload gear on May 28. Prevailing foul weather throughout the spring coupled with a low shore price and little in the traps had many fishermen in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34 landing their gear ahead of the May 31 closing ...