National Fisherman


The Lobster Fishery Sustainability Program, which ends on March 31, will definitely have a positive effect on lobster harvesters’ bottom lines in the future, says the plan’s co-ordinator.
 
Bill Broderick, who’s also the inshore director with the Fish, Food and Allied Workers union (FFAW), said the program achieved its goal to increase incomes by significantly reducing lobster fishing capacity in Fortune Bay, the southwest coast and on the west coast through voluntary trap reductions and lobster license retirements.
 
In other words, there are fewer players now to share the pot.
 
According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the program — first announced in November 2011 — has permanently removed 105,000 lobster traps from the fishery (a 36 per cent reduction) as well as 266 lobster licenses (a 24 percent reduction).
 
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