Lobster industry to talk about two-cent levy at NS meetings

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A two-cent levy on lobsters will be the subject of talks across mainland Nova Scotia in the coming weeks.

HALIFAX -Meetings will be held across mainland Nova Scotia to talk about a proposed two-cent per pound fee to help promote and market the lobster industry.

Consultations with members of the lobster fishing industry will be led by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and will begin Jan. 27.

These talks are being offered as an opportunity for members of the lobster fishing industry to share their views on the proposed fee, talk about what the money could be used for, and how the fund could be collected and administered.

It has been proposed that lobster harvesters and processors each pay a one-cent levy for every pound of lobster landed as a means of raising funds to be applied to generic marketing of the lobster product.

Last March, Nova Scotia hosted a Canadian Lobster Value Recovery Summitwhere participants endorsed a Maritime levy.

The levy could also help to fund the Lobster Council of Canada, whose work, among other things, includes this type of marketing, in addition to other industry initiatives.

"Hearing from lobster fishermen is important in ensuring this is an industry-led initiative. We have a top-quality product in Nova Scotia. We know it, and I believe it's time for the world to know it too," said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. "As the number one supplier of cold-water lobster, a marketing campaign will help us capitalize on the Canadian brand that's already recognized for quality."

There had been confusion created last year when Colwell spoke about a five-cent levy. It was quickly clarified within days at the time, after industry reacted with surprise and confusion to Colwell’s remarks, that he was talking about a pilot project for a specific fishing district and not a industry-wide five-cent levy.

There will be 16 face-to-face meetings west of Halifax, and consultations with fishing associations east of Halifax from Jan. 27 to Feb. 18. French language services will be available at five of the meetings.

 

Information on the meetings and consultation process is available at www.novascotia.ca/fish .

 

Following is a list of 16 meeting locations.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 27

-- Advocate Fire Hall, 4176 Highway 209, Advocate Harbour, 1 p.m.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 28

-- Digby Fire Hall, 163 First Ave., Digby, 1 p.m.

 

-- Thursday, Jan. 29

Middleton Legion,  295 Marshall St., Middleton, 1 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 10

-- Pubnico Fire Hall, 897 Highway 335 West Pubnico, 8:30 a.m.

-- Rodd Grand Yarmouth, 417 Main St., Yarmouth, 1 p.m.

-- Meteghan Lions Club, 313 Maxwellton Rd., Meteghan Centre, 6 p.m.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 11

-- Barrington Lions Club, 2903 Hwy 3, Barrington, 9 a.m.

-- Woods Harbour Community Centre, 6881 Hwy 3, Woods Harbour, 1 p.m.

-- NSCC Shelburne Campus, 1575 Lake Rd., Shelburne, 6 p.m.

 

Thursday, Feb. 12

-- Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Dr., Liverpool, 9 a.m.

-- Chester Legion, 14 Union St., Chester, 1 p.m.

-- Days Inn, 50 North St., Bridgewater, 6 p.m.

 

Friday, Feb. 13

-- St. James United Church Hall, 3811 Old Sambro Rd., Sambro, 8:30 a.m.

-- St. Peters Church Hall, 10030 Peggy's Cove Rd., Hackett's Cove, 1 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Feb.17

-- Rodd Grand Yarmouth, 417 Main St., Yarmouth, 1 p.m.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 18

-- Claymore Inn, 137 Church St., Antigonish, 1 p.m.

 

Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Lobster Council of Canada, Highway 335 West Pubnico Meteghan Centre Barrington Lions Club Emera Centre Days Inn James United Church Hall Peters Church Hall Claymore Inn

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Halifax, Yarmouth Woods Harbour Community Shelburne Cove Advocate Harbour Middleton Liverpool Chester Sambro Antigonish

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