2013 ends on positive note for some in lobster fishery

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The season, which opened on Dec. 1 after a six day delay due to weather, has seen catches on par with last year in some areas, but down in others.

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by Kathy Johnson

A higher shore price, a decrease in landings and stable market demands has added up to positive news for the opening month of the commercial lobster season in southwestern Nova Scotia.

The season, which opened on Dec. 1 after a six day delay due to weather, has seen catches on par with last year in some areas, but down  in others.

“The catches are way down in LFA 33 compared to last year,” said Lockeport lobster dealer Mike Cotter, estimating an overall decline of 35 percent.

“Losing that first week of the season, that was critical to the guys down here,” said Cotter. “That put everyone back and there’s no way of getting it back.”

Cotter noted that last year’s landings in LFA 33 were “phenomenal,” estimating that the December landings are probably comparable to 10 years ago. “Hopefully it stays an open winter so the fishermen down here can continue to fish,” he said.

As for shore price, the season opened at $4 a pound but reached $5.25-$5.50 the third week into the season.

“We went into this season without a lot of live lobster stored,” said Geoff Irvine, executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada, which was good news for the harvesters and the live shippers, but not so much for the processors.

“The processors couldn’t get the product they wanted at the price they wanted,” said Irvine. “There’s always a ying and a yang in this industry.”

Looking ahead to 2014, Irvine said the Lobster Council of Canada has a number of projects in the works, including the design and development of a new marketing tool that brands Canadian Lobster. Irvine said the council hopes to unveil the branding project by the end of March.

Organizations: Lobster Council of Canada

Geographic location: Southwestern Nova Scotia, Lockeport

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