[MONCTON, NB] — On July 24 and 25, the Atlantic Lobster Sustainability Foundation (ALSF) will host the second annual Science Workshop on Sustainable Growth of the Atlantic Lobster at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Moncton.
The goals of the symposium are to inform stakeholders on the latest lobster science at home and abroad, discover opportunities for serving the industry, and map the way forward to support lobster sustainability through science.
ALSF executive director Rick Doucet says the symposium will build on the success of last summer’s inaugural symposium.
“Last July in Moncton it was such a terrific experience to be able to bring together people from all sectors of the lobster fishery – fishermen, processors, buyers,” says Doucet. “These folks work every day in this business and to bring them together with scientists who are looking at the future sustainability of the species and the fishery was really productive and educational for all of us. And I have no doubt that this year will be equally interesting and informative as we each share our perspectives on this vital industry.”
Doucet says he’s particularly pleased that this year the symposium participants include Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as well as fisheries ministers from all three Maritime provinces: Michael Olscamp, New Brunswick Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries; Ron MacKinley, Prince Edward Island Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development; Sterling Belliveau, Nova Scotia Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
“Every stakeholder in the lobster industry — whether you are working on the water, in a processing plant, in a lab or as a buyer — is heavily influenced by the policy decisions our governments make,” says Doucet. “As we look at the challenges facing the industry and the long-term viability and sustainability of the species, it is encouraging to see the engagement of these ministers and to have the opportunity to share our discussions with them.”