2015 Lobster Fishery Openings for Area 11
DFO advises that the lobster fishery, in Lobster Fishing Area 11 will open as follows.
Lobster Fishing Area 11 (East of Western Head, Hare Bay) 0600hrs on Saturday, April 18, 2015 to 2000hrs on Saturday, June 20, 2015. (9 weeks)
Lobster Fishing Area 11 (West of Western Head, Hare Bay) 0600hrs on Saturday, May 02, 2015 to 2000 Saturday, July 04 2015. (9 weeks)
Harvesters are reminded that they are not permitted to retrieve fishing gear or possess lobsters during the initial 48 hour ...
Aquaculture and Lobster; Two Reports, Different Responses
You’d think the discussion of a topic which could have a direct impact on your income down the road would garner a fair bit of response.
What I’m referring to is the release a few months ago of the generic marketing plan for Canadian lobster, which would be funded by a levy at the first point of sale.
The plan has been endorsed by lobstermen in P.E.I., parts of New Brunswick and the northern and eastern sections of Nova Scotia.
The tri-county area of Digby-Yarmouth-Shelburne in ...
Still on the Water
New Brunswick Fisherman Exchanges Lobsters for Tourists
For three decades Ron Cormier sailed the waters in a 43-foot lobster boat making his living as a lobster fisherman.
He pulled his traps, season after season, working hard to provide for his family even during the years when catches and prices were low.
But these days, rather than fishing crustaceans, Cormier is teaching tourists from all over the world about it through his business, Shediac Bay Cruises and Lobster Tales.
Uncertain Future for Nova Scotia Lobster Levy
Does the lobster levy need re-tooling in order to persuade buyers and harvesters from LFA 33-34 to come on board?
All that is known is some meetings organized in the area by the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries were sparsely attended. At one meeting, the 30 buyers in attendance voted unanimously to reject collecting the levy.
So where does the process go from here?
“Good question,” Geoff Irvine of the Lobster Council of Canada answered.
“Once the result of all 20-odd ...
Generic Marketing Plan for Canadian Lobsters Released
One of the biggest complaints against rubber-stamping a levy placed on landed lobsters to fund a generic lobster promotion plan for Canadian lobsters has been the lack of any plans.
Harvesters and processors — especially in LFA 33-34 — are posing the question of planning as other sectors of the Maritimes were agreeing with the idea of a levy.
Until the industry in LFA 33-34 decides where to go on this issue, the Nova Scotia government has its hands tied because this area represents ...
On the Waterfront – March 2015
MP Calls On Feds to do More For Small Craft Harbours
Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says the Conservative government’s decision to reverse its decision on the number of cuts being made to the administration of Small Craft Harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador is welcome news, but it doesn’t go far enough.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced last fall that the number of areas and area managers was being reduced from four to two, along ...
P.E.I. Lobster Industry Looking To Marketing Levy For Future
The Prince Edward Island lobster industry is trying to take fate into its own hands.
A plebiscite has been set for March 2015, in which members of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA) will decide whether to create a commodity board for the resource. It’s a first step towards their ultimate goal of collecting a one cent per-pound levy from the catch and using the proceeds to market their product.
It’s nothing less than a historic attempt by the industry to take a more active ...
Membership Drive Begins for Fledgling N.S. Lobster Association
Bernie Berry feels deeply about lobster fishing and he wears that feeling on his sleeve.
He started fishing when he was 19 and still skippers a lobster boat today although he sold his own rig a few years back.
Berry became concerned about LFA 34 fishermen not being at the table during important meetings concerning the industry’s future, after the LFA 34 Lobster Advisory Group, a fishermen-DFO partnership, sort of fizzled last summer.
“We weren’t at the table in Halifax during ...
Steady Lobster Landings off SW Nova Scotia
Prices Currently in the $5/Pound Range
Reports indicate lobster landings in LFA 34 have not been as good as last year, but harvesters in LFA 33, 35, 36 and 38 are performing well.
The weather played havoc with days at sea, well into the new year. Prices also weren’t as high as anticipated considering the demise of the Canadian dollar — a good 10 cents from a year ago - and the burgeoning Asian market for lobsters.
The opening was delayed in LFA 34, which was probably a good thing ...
P.E.I. Lobster Industry Finishes MSC Certification
The Prince Edward Island seafood industry announced in November it has completed the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certification for lobster.
The certification is essential because domestically larger food retail companies such as Sobeys, Loblaws, Whole Food and Walmart now have requirements for all seafood to be sourced from sustainable fisheries. MSC is one of the third-party eco certification standards.
The MSC certification of the P.E.I. lobster trap fishery was the result of the ...