Tag Archives: Nova Scotia lobster industry

Nova Scotia lobster industry facing challenging season

percentage-of-southwestern-ns-soft-shelled-lobsters-during-dfo-summer-surveysSeafood buyers are reporting high lobster mortality and poor quality, which a federal scientist says may be because lobsters are extra fragile this year in Canada’s largest lobster region off southwestern Nova Scotia. Fishermen are catching lobsters, bigger than ever, in “crazy, crazy numbers,” says Joel German, plant manager of I. Deveau Fisheries in Barrington Passage, but this winter, more than the usual amount have soft shells. “It’s not the same lobster as it used to be, so we can’t hold them as long,” he said.  Lobsters generally grow out of and then shed their shells once a year in a process called moulting. As the shells grow back, they’re soft, making the lobster easier to hurt — and harder to store and ship. Read the rest here 09:58

Green crab pathogen research raises concern for Nova Scotia lobster industry

New research is raising more concerns about the potential transfer of diseases from the invasive green crab to lobster in Nova Scotia waters. “Our worry is there could be a pathogen transfer and it could damage our lobster industry. We are finding at least two pathogens of concern,” research scientist Fraser Clark says. He adds human health is not at risk. Clark released a study earlier this year showing high levels of a parasite in green crab is being found in areas of southern Nova Scotia where the crab has been introduced as a lobster bait. Read the rest here 08:50

Nova Scotia lobster, or ‘Boston Lobster’ in China, could be rebranded

With Canadian lobster sales in China at record levels, a major Nova Scotia exporter is trying rebrand the tasty crustacean to overcome its generic name in China: “Boston lobster.” “We all know Canadian lobster is better quality than lobster from the U.S. side,” says Jack Liu, of Zoneco, a large Chinese seafood company that has bought into the Nova Scotia lobster industry. “It’s stronger, the meat is fuller. The yield is high, there is more meat inside. “The first company in the Chinese market was American. “Boston lobster” has, as a result,,, Read the rest here 12:51

EDITORIAL: Lobster levy flap foolish

Nova Scotia Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell has been clawed up over the proposed penny-a-pound marketing levy on lobster landings. So it’s not surprising his federal counterpart, Gail Shea, wasn’t eager Monday to go to battle for an idea that many players in the Nova Scotia industry think is logical, but too few want to pay for. Read the rest here 09:19