What's life without lobster?

Steve Sharratt
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A lobster boat heads out from North Rustico on opening day in this Guardian file photo.

Experts meeting in Charlottetown to discuss the issue

It’s hard to imagine life without lobster on the East Coast and all eyes will be on the crustacean king at the 2015 Canada-U.S. Science Symposium this week in Charlottetown.

Three days of plenary sessions, discussions and debates all highlight the event bringing in scientists, industry people and academia to address the compounding issues. 

“The more we know about what is occurring in the ecosystem, the better prepared we will be for any changing conditions in the future,” says Craig Avery, president of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association. “It is not every day that we can have something like this happen in our own backyard and I look forward to the learning opportunities provided by this symposium.”

Changes in the seasonality and the volume of lobsters landed on the East Coast have created uncertainty in the market place and to fishery vulnerabilities.

Climate change is a prime suspect and some sessions at the Rodd Charlottetown will use integrated modelling to predict the effects of climate change on the American lobster fishery as well as the impact of agricultural and aquacultural pesticides.

The Nov. 3 to 6 event features Dr. Susan Waddy, Scientist Emeritus with Fisheries and Oceans and a host of Canadian and American scholars focusing on population, eco-systems and the business of lobstering.

The province is providing up to $10,000 to support the symposium, which is being hosted by the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association.


Organizations: U.S. Science Symposium

Geographic location: Charlottetown, East Coast, Prince Edward Island Fishermen Canada

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Recent comments

    November 04, 2015 - 06:21

    What's life without 2 sales based fishing EI claims each year for decades along with tax free income from selling lobster and scallops for cash while drawing EI ?

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    November 03, 2015 - 17:06

    The globalists have already made us into economic slaves and now they are going to try to use science to finish us off.