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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 ...

Twine Loft – March 2015

Passed On: Chris Wilton — Fox Island River N.L. Skipper and Fisherman Wilton, 31, died from injuries sustained last month as a result of an accident while snowmobiling on Fox Island River after he was thrown from his snowmobile when a ski hooked into some rough ice. His history in the fishery goes back more than 20 years when at age 10, he started fishing with skipper Andy Hickey out of Woody Point. At the start he would be picking out female capelin to make money for himself. As soon as he ...

Twine Loft – February 2015

Passed On: Mike Maynard — Northern Lights VP and Northeast Branch Manager Maynard passed away, peacefully at his home on September 20, after a long battle with cancer. He was 62. Maynard had worked for Northern Lights since the 1980s, when he was hired to start up the company’s Northeast branch office. His colleagues say he worked ‘tirelessly’ to build the NL and Lugger brands in the Northeast, as well as working closely with several prestigious East Coast boatbuilders. A veteran of ...

On the Waterfront – February 2015

Meetings Being Held on N.S. Lobster Levy Members of the Nova Scotia lobster fishing industry are being invited to discuss a proposed two-cent per pound fee to help promote and market the industry. Consultations, led by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, began Jan. 27. These discussions are an opportunity for members of the lobster fishing industry to share their views on the proposed fee, talk about what the money could be used for and how the fund could be collected and admini...

Twine Loft – January 2015

Passed On: Marcel Comeau — President and CEO of Comeau’s Sea Foods. The Comeau family, the residents of Clare and the business community are deeply saddened by the sudden and untimely death of Marcel Comeau on November 20, 2014. As President and CEO of Comeau’s Sea Foods, Marcel worked tirelessly all his life, building and maintaining the success of the family business. For over 50 years he followed the footsteps of his father, Bernardin, who was his mentor and teacher. Gradually, ...

On the Waterfront – January 2015

Four Fishermen Rescued on Second Day of LFA 34 Season Four lobster fishermen had to abandon their boat November 30 after it started taking on water and flipped, a day after the lobster season in southwestern Nova Scotia began, The Chronicle-Herald reported. The Lady Wallace was about 42 kilometres off Wedgeport when the crew ran into trouble. They boarded their life-raft and abandoned their vessel and were picked up by another fishing vessel. The four fishermen were unharmed. Although ...