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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."