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 ...
Signs Point to Positive: Harvesters Hopeful for Strong Spring Lobster Fishery in P.E.I.
By mid-April 2015 some Prince Edward Island fishermen were so anxious about the unusual ice conditions in their harbours that many grabbed their chainsaws and started trying to clear up the blockages themselves.
In the end, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) decided to delay the spring lobster season from its usual April 30 start date in the hopes that the ice would clear out naturally. The season officially opened several days later and was extended at the tail end of the season ...
Winter Lobster Fishery Remaining Strong: Concerns Raised Over Quality of Some Landed Product
When asked to describe the first few weeks of the lobster fishery in LFA 34, Hubert Saulnier, who has fished from his home port of Meteghan River for the past 46 years, said that “catches were down but landings were up.”
While it sounds like an oxymoron, he was right. Initial landings were down from a year ago, but since fishermen could fish almost every day during those first two weeks, overall landings were up.
Prices have also been good — staying above $6/pound for that period, ...
Quality and Price
Quality is a topic I have discussed many times in this column.
Specifically, I have talked about consumers’ expectations of quality, the fact that we don’t meet those expectations consistently and the additional fact that many harvesters don’t do what is needed to provide good quality raw materials to plants.
Last month, I suggested that, in failing to provide good quality raw materials, harvesters were simply responding to the price signals sent by processors, most of whom are ...
2015 Opening Dates for the Cod Quality Pilot Project
DFO advises that the 2J3KL Cod Quality pilot project will open on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 0600 hours, for Vessel Classes A434, A447, and A449 to A470.
DFO further advises that the 4R3Pn Cod Quality pilot project will open on Sunday, August 02, 2015 at 0600 hours for Vessel classes A435 to A445.
Fish harvesters are reminded that Cod Quality pilot project licences and conditions are available through DFO’s National On-line Licencing System.
Compliance with management measures is ...
Quality is Biggest Issue Facing the Fishery Today
Of all the challenges we have in the capture fishery in Atlantic Canada — and there are many — probably none is bigger or more important to the future of the industry than the need to improve the quality of our raw materials and finished products.
Quality is a foundation piece — it underpins everything else, determining what is possible in processing and marketing, our ultimate output value, the incomes earned by harvesters and plant workers and the profitability of plants and fishing ...