What's life without lobster?

Experts meeting in Charlottetown to discuss the issue

Steve Sharratt comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on November 3, 2015

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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.