Lobster summit kicks off in Halifax

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A major lobster summit is set to get underway this week in Halifax, involving three Maritime Fisheries ministers along with more than 200 fishermen, processors and industry experts.

A major lobster summit is set to get underway this week in Halifax, involving three Maritime Fisheries ministers along with more than 200 fishermen, processors and industry experts to discuss the four key recommendations outlined in the Maritime Lobster Panel report released last fall.

The Canadian Lobster Value Recovery Summit is scheduled to take place at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax Wednesday and Thursday.

“The Maritime Lobster Panel report has received great interest within the lobster industry on Prince Edward Island and I am pleased with the positive response to the report and our progress to date," said P.E.I. Fisheries Minister Ron MacKinley. "The report provides a number of key recommendations that if acted upon by industry will lead to a stronger maritime lobster fishery."

The four recommendations slated for discussion during the two-day summit include:

 

• the establishment of an independent Maritime Lobster Intelligence Institute;

 

• the development of a comprehensive generic marketing and promotion campaign;

 

• discuss price-setting mechanism; and

 

• establishing a process for an industry levy.

The Lobster Council of Canada (LLC) is organizing the summit with funding from the three provinces and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, which has contributed $40,000.

LCC executive director, Geoff Irvine says participants will hear from key North American seafood players and their insight into the changes necessary to stabilize the Canadian lobster industry.

“It is important that we as a lobster sector give legislators in each province clear direction on what we want them to do in support of our industry," said Geoff Irvine. "We must tell them that a regional approach is the best way forward to strengthening the lobster sector in Canada."

The keynote speaker is Egil Ove Sundheim form the Norwegian Seafood Council. He will speak about how generic marketing has made Norway one of the strongest seafood export countries in the world. The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is slated to speak shortly after lunch on Day 2 of the summit.

MacKinley said, "The Canadian Lobster Value Recovery Summit is an important opportunity for government and our industry leaders to come together to discuss the current situation in the industry as well as the next steps that are required to ensure a sustainable industry for the future."

Organizations: Maritime Lobster Panel, Canadian Lobster Value Recovery Summit, Maritime Fisheries Maritime Lobster Intelligence Institute The Lobster Council of Canada LLC Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency North American Norwegian Seafood Council

Geographic location: Halifax, Prince Edward Island, Canada Norway

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  • nathan burt
    March 27, 2014 - 10:45

    what a joke some people are. if fisherman have it so good why doesn't everyone buy a gear. no they would rather sit behind a computer and complain behind a false name because they don't have the guts to put down there real name.

  • Mmmm... Lobster
    March 26, 2014 - 18:33

    Can't get real excited about PEI lobster. The best lobster is Bay of Fundy lobster. But either way, it's only a once a year treat for this family, we can't afford it.

  • Jimmy Who
    March 26, 2014 - 16:13

    The harbours that I am talking about are on PEI and EI abuse is rampant here along with untaxed cash sales of lobster and scallops . And by the way EI is not insurance if you are planning to use it every single year for decades its actually income redistribution from people and businesses that operate all year long . Fishermen can get two EI claims in the same year one summer claim and one winter claim . People that never use EI should be getting a tax rebate not any fishermen that sold 120K worth of Lobster ,Herring or scallops .

  • Upset Year round tradesman
    March 25, 2014 - 23:00

    Who in the heck do these EI welfare lobster bums think that they are . “It is important that we as a lobster sector give legislators in each province clear direction on what we want them to do in support of our industry," said Geoff Irvine. " The gall to think they should tell anyone what to do at all . The huge sense of self entitlement that comes from these fishermen when all they really are is huge burden on society . Work for 9 weeks then start summer EI claim and ride around on Harleys playing outlaw biker dummy then complain all summer and fall until they start their winter EI claim in October . What a joke its all become but the joke is on us for letting politicians pander to these guys and fleece the EI system in perpetuity .

    • Jimmy
      March 26, 2014 - 08:05

      I'm not sure what your talking about "upset year round", I know in our harbour there maybe 1 fisherman who doesn't go work else where after lobster fishing and that's because he is 72. The way you shoot your mouth of you talk about ALL fishermen, maybe it's time you get your story straight, you do not know ALL fishermen just collect EI ALL the time, maybe if you know a few then start naming them and STOP putting us ALL in the same group. Maybe grow a set and start using your real name to.

  • Ridiculous
    March 25, 2014 - 13:46

    PEI's unnatural looking, yellow haired and yellow mustached Minister of Fisheries will; no doubt, add a lot to this meeting!!!

    • Col Mustard
      March 25, 2014 - 21:42

      I am sure Col Mustard,and Mr Dress up( Mike M),will solve all this issues. Bottom line is still 3 and 3.50 if all goes well