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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Three years ago, we began our campaign to reverse the outdated “Moonlighter Policy” that targets Category B lobster licence holders in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. In that time, our efforts have consistently been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 ...

SWNS Lobster Fishery in Winter Crawl Mode

Above: The Zena Marie steams by as crates of lobster are being offloaded from the fishing vessel Big Jim at the Falls Point wharf in Woods Harbour. Kathy Johnson photos   Another North Atlantic winter has set in and the water temperatures have dropped, as have the catches in the southwest Nova Scotia lobster fishery going into February. “The last week or so it’s come in cold. The catches have dropped down quite a bit in the last week,” said Lockeport lobster buyer Mike ...

Lobster Demand Strong Going into 2022

While demand for all lobster products going into 2022 remains strong, the export sector will be facing access challenges this year in all major markets. Changes to European Union (EU) health certificates due to new animal welfare laws, new decrees in China that are changing labelling and company registration and concern around North Atlantic right whale interactions with the United States are market access challenges the export sector is facing, says Geoff Irvine, executive director of the ...

Lobster Season Off and Running in SW Nova Scotia

Above: Lobster fishing boats leave the Falls Point wharf in Woods Harbour loaded with gear on Dec. 1 marking the start of the LFA 34 fishery. Kathy Johnson photo   Strong winds and record-setting shore prices prevailed during the opening month of the commercial lobster fishery in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34. The season opening was delayed by two days until Dec. 1 due to high winds. A record-setting opening shore price of $10/pound increased to the $11 range prior to ...

Moderate Livelihood Fishery Being Pursued During Established Seasons

An interim understanding between Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and four First Nations in western Nova Scotia has Indigenous fishers pursuing a moderate livelihood this season in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33, 34 and 35. Bear River, Annapolis Valley, Acadia and Glooscap First Nations jointly developed the Kespukwitk Netukulimk Livelihood Fisheries Management Plan for lobster that led to the interim understanding with DFO. Bear River and Annapolis Valley First Nations will designate ...

Lobster Prices: An Early Christmas Gift?

As many folks are now well into cobbling together their Christmas lists, harvesters in this region have only one thing on their collective minds — hitting the water. Yes, Santa does not need to be involved to make this the most exciting time of the year in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33–34 in southwest Nova Scotia. And if early price predictions hold true, and of course, the weather cooperates, lobster fishermen might be on the precipice of a very, very good season. This time last ...