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Fisheries Minister Gail Shea has announced that Greg Roach has been retained to work with the lobster industry in Lobster Fishing Area (LFA) 34 to develop a plan to improve the viability of the industry.
Roach will work with the industry to develop options for management measures that will better manage supply and improve prices. He will facilitate discussions on possible changes to the LFA 34 fishery with a variety of stakeholders such as licence holders, buyers, processors and First Nations, and will also work to develop a transparent process that will allow industry members to receive information, provide their feedback and express their support for implementing the different options.
Harvesters have expressed strong dissatisfaction with the price they have recently obtained for their catches. Fisheries and Oceans Canada's mandate relates to the conservation of lobster stocks. Measures to improve market price and manage supply more effectively are therefore best developed by the industry-led process that Roach will facilitate.
Roach retired in 2012 as Associate Deputy Minister with the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
-- LFA 34 is the area between Goose Point in Shelburne County and Burns
Point in Digby County, Nova Scotia.
-- The fishing season in LFA 34 is from the last Monday in November until
May 31. Lobster landings in LFA 34 in 2012/13 were 22,775 tonnes which
is almost three times the 50-year average.
-- LFA 34 has the highest landings and the most participants of any lobster
fishing area in Canada.
-- The lobster fishery is managed using a number of management measures
including limits on the numbers and types of traps that a harvester can
use. The season's opening and closing dates are also part of managing
fishing effort and there are restrictions on the size of the vessel that
can be used. There is a minimum size carapace length, and egg-bearing
lobsters cannot be landed. There is no limit on the number of lobsters
that a harvester can land and the lobster fishery is not managed using
-- Harvesters in LFA 34 can use 375 traps from November to March and 400
traps from March to May.