Belliveau asking Liberals to provide lobster panel update

November 6, 2013

(Shelburne, NS) Queens-Shelburne MLA Sterling Belliveau is asking Liberal Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell when recommendations from the independent Maritime lobster panel will be released.

Belliveau says with dumping day in Southwest Nova Scotia less than three weeks away it’s time the recommendations be made available to the industry.

In May of 2013 an independent panel was appointed by Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island to determine the causes of, and find solutions for, declining lobster prices across the region. Industry consultations took place over the summer with recommendations to be released in the fall of 2013.

“The industry is expecting the results of the panel,” said Belliveau. “They need an opportunity to review the recommendations and determine if there are any they wish to adopt. With some seasons already underway in the Bay of Fundy and dumping day less than three weeks away in LFA 33 and 34 now is the time to release the recommendations.”

Belliveau is worried if the recommendations aren’t released in time it could be detrimental to the industry.

“Fishers are saying for the recommendations to have any impact this year they need to be released immediately. Last year was a challenging one for lobster fishers, one we don’t want to repeat. It’s why the NDP led the charge to set-up this panel and why the panel’s findings need to be released promptly.”

Lobster season is scheduled to begin in Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 33 and 34 on Monday, November 25.