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September 2, 2022
Lismore, Nova Scotia – Canada’s fisheries are the backbone of many coastal communities and a driving force of the economy. The seafood sector is a rapidly shifting environment – competition is intensifying, consumers are looking for sustainability and quality. That is why the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia (NS) today announced funding support to the Maritime Fishermen’s Union Inc.’s (MFU) Nova Scotia members through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF).
On behalf of the Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, and the Honourable Steve Craig, Nova Scotia Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, announced a total contribution of over $400,000 to help the Maritime Fishermen’s Union deliver a project to its members that will improve the quality, vitality and value of harvested lobster.
This funding will help the lobster fishery in the Southeastern Northumberland Strait (MFU Local 4), Eastern Cape Breton (MFU Local 6) and Southwest Nova Scotia (MFU Local 9) improve the quality of lobster being marketed, the efficiency of fishing activities, and the onboard safety of crew. Live-well systems, which measure water quality, will be installed or upgraded on vessels. MFU members will be in a position to deliver a better and more consistent quality lobster product from the ocean to consumers. The funding will also provide crew members with canopy extensions to create more shade, lobster sorting tables, and automatic lobster banders.
The adoption of new and upgraded technologies by the MFU members, will benefit local and regional economies in NS now and in the future. The contribution comes from the $400 million Atlantic Fisheries Fund, jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments, and focuses on increasing opportunities and market value for sustainably sourced, high-quality fish and seafood products from Atlantic Canada.
The Atlantic Fisheries Fund is in its fifth year and will continue to invest in projects over the seven-year life of the program. The commercial fisheries and aquaculture industry, Indigenous groups, academia, industry associations and organizations, including research institutions, may apply.
“The quality of Nova Scotia lobster is known worldwide, and that’s why the product remains in such high demand. The Atlantic Fisheries Fund supports innovative ways to harvest, process and deliver local high-quality, sustainably sourced fish and seafood. The funding announced today builds the region’s international reputation for unmatched quality, and supports new handling and holding technologies aboard vessels when the product is at its peak of freshness.”
The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
”The continued health and growth of the lobster industry in Nova Scotia is key to support not only the families and communities that harvest the resource, but to our Province’s prosperity as a whole. This support for innovation in the sector at a local level will help provide the highest quality seafood product possible for domestic and international markets, which will increase its value and support the livelihood of families in our communities for generations.”
Sean Fraser, Minister of Refugees, Citizenship and Immigration and Member of Parliament for Central Nova
“Nova Scotia has built a global reputation for top quality seafood – not by luck, but through the hard work of many in the sector, beginning with fish harvesters. By focusing on maintaining the quality of the products that come from our waters, the Maritime Fishermen’s Union is also helping maintain that global reputation, which opens new doors for Nova Scotia companies every day.”
The Honourable Steve Craig, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Nova Scotia
“We are pleased to be able to offer this funding help to our members. We will work diligently with the funders and our membership to ensure that every NS member has access to the funds in order to improve lobster quality.”
Gordon Beaton, Nova Scotia Vice President, Maritime Fishermen’s Union Inc.
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans
and the Canadian Coast Guard
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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