Brazil Rock

All For One Lobster

The Coldwater Lobster Association, Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association, Brazil Rock 33/34 Lobster Association and Scotia Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association have joined together to create OneForAllLobster pages on Facebook and Twitter.  https://www.facebook.com/OneForAllLobster and https://twitter.com/One4AllLobster were created to be the voice of traditional licensed fishers in Southwest Nova Scotia .

We ask that you like, share and engage on these pages to demonstrate your support for traditional licensed fishers in our area.

For media inquiries for our Association related to the current Lobster fishing issue or for the One For All Lobster campaign please email: one4alllobster@gmail.com. We will respond promptly to your enquiry.  

POSTPONED: Southwest Lobster Science Society Annual General Meeting

The meeting has been postponed.

Canadians want action from the Government of Canada to keep the fisheries healthy

Canadians give a very high level of importance to respecting and enforcing fishing regulations and
having direct negotiations between the Government, Indigenous leaders and fishing organizations to
support healthy and sustainable fisheries and aquatic ecosystems in Canada. A majority of Canadians
feel approaches to supporting healthy and sustainable fisheries and aquatic ecosystems in Canada
should be applied to everyone without exception, and are divided over whether respecting the
inherent rights of Indigenous People to fish and the desire for reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples
are valid reasons to have different sets of regulations for Canadians and Indigenous Peoples.

A strong majority of Canadians give the importance of banning all fishing outside established
fishing seasons when it comes to supporting healthy and sustainable fisheries and aquatic
ecosystems in Canada a score of 7 or higher out of 10 Asked to rate the importance of banning
all fishing (i.e. herring , lobster, snow crab) outside government established fishing seasons when it
comes to supporting healthy and sustainable fisheries and aquatic ecosystems in Canada, where 0
means not at all important and 10 means very important, Canadians give this a mean score of 8.1
out of 10. Seventy one per cent rate this as important (score of 7 10), while more than one in ten
rate this as of average importance (score of 4 6)(14%), and five per cent rate this as not important

Close to eight in ten Canadians give the importance of having the Government, Indigenous
leaders and fishing organisations directly negotiate to manage fisheries when it comes to
supporting healthy and sustainable fisheries and aquatic ecosystems in Canada a score of 7 or
higher out of 10 Asked to rate the importance of having the Government, Indigenous leaders
and fishing organizations negotiate directly together to manage the fisheries when it comes to
supporting healthy and sustainable fisheries and aquatic ecosystems in Canada, where 0 means
not at all important and 10 means very important, Canadians give this a mean score of 8.2 out of
10. Seventy nine per cent rate this as important (score of 7 10), while just over one in ten rate
this as of average importance (score of 4 6)(11%), and five per cent rate this as not important
(score of 0 3). Four per cent are unsure. Women give this a higher mean score (mean score of 8.6
out of 10) than men (mean score of 7.8 out of 10).

COALITION PUBLIC RELATIONS FUNDING REQUEST

As a member of the Fishermen's Coalition of the Maritime Provinces and Quebec [the Coalition], Brazil Rock 33 34 Lobster Association has agreed to the hiring of a lobbyist firm to keep on retainer, Temple Scott & Associates, to tackle the 'moderate livelihood' file on our behalf.  TSA has been exceptional at getting access to those in Ottawa (Government Relations) on our behalf and pushing to get the answers we need on this contentious issue surrounding the illegal sale of FSC lobster and the uncertainties surrounding 'moderate livelihood'. We are pleased with the work that TSA has done thus far and intend to keep them on retainer for as long as we can.

Our Coalition has also hired Nik Nanos of Nanos Research to conduct analyst opinion polls on Canadian public opinion which has been great   BUT…what we don’t have is a PROFESSIONAL PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRM or a MEDIA SPOKESPERSON which we desperately need and we need it IMMEDIATELY.

Canadian public opinion is turning against us and we need to get our story out on how our own federal and provincial governments have turned their backs on us and we’re the ones who are going to take the ‘hit’ here. 

It's difficult to truly articulate the tensions, the fears, the frustrations, and the sadness that we're experiencing here in Southwest Nova.  Our communities and our fishermen have been made out to be 'monsters' and it's disheartening and unfair.   Brazil Rock supports this approach and we hope that our members will show their support.

If you'd like to support this initiative:

We are now accepting donations to fund the Public Relations and Communications Firm and a Media Spokesperson.  We are asking for a financial donation from each member.

Donations can be made by eTransfer to brazilrock3334@gmail.com     OR by cheque payable to: Brazil Rock 33/34 Lobster Association, P.O. Box 1475 Stoney Island N.S. B0W 3J0

All monies will go towards the PR firm and future retention of TSA and other required professional help as needed. Receipts will be provided in the coming weeks.  Please note: this is a donation (no HST)

Whale Rope Identification

This notice is to inform you of an update to the gear marking requirements for fixed gear fisheries in the Maritimes Region. In response to feedback from fish harvesters, DFO will be revising the marking requirements to allow for portions of vertical lines to be replaced with rope with integrated coloured yarns.

The initial gear marking conditions stated that if rope marked with integrated coloured yarns (i.e. pre-marked rope with the fishery/area colours running through its length) was used, it needed to be through the entire length of the vertical line. This amendment will allow for fishers to use sections of this marked rope (e.g. when replacing a worn-out portion of a line) without needing to then add additional redundant twine markings on the same sections of the line.

 

Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program Phone Inquiries-877-535-7307

Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program which will be open for applications on August 24, 2020, through to September 21, 2020, Brazil Rock 33 34 Lobster Association wants to share the following contact information for our members who may have questions on the program.

Please visit.............

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fisheries-peches/initiatives/fhgbp-ppsp/index-eng.html

 

 

 

Harvest Strategy / Harvest Control Rules for LFAs 34 to 38

Harvest Rate Strategy and Harvest Control Rules: Inshore Lobster, LFAs 34-38
Introduction The harvest rate strategy and harvest control rules (HCRs) presented in this document have been developed according to Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s A Fishery Decision-Making Framework Incorporating the Precautionary Approach (PA Policy).

Lobster Quality Improvement Project 2020-2023

The Brazil Rock 33 / 34 Lobster Association can now take applications, review and make recommendations for the Brazil Rock 33 / 34 Lobster Association Lobster Quality Improvement Project 2020-2023.

The Project was developed to assist members with purchasing equipment & technology to improve the holding practices for live lobsters on fishing vessels; preserving the quality, vitality and value of their catches.

This initiative aims to provide association members a streamlined process and quicker access to meet their needs.

Who is eligible to participate? Members of the Brazil Rock 33 / 34 Lobster Association.

COLLABORATIVE REMEDIATION OF ABANDONED, LOST, AND DISCARDED FISHING GEAR (ALDFG) IN SOUTHWEST NOVA SCOTIA

WHAT IS ALDFG?

Abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG), commonly referred to as “ghost gear”, makes up a large portion of all marine debris.  It causes significant negative environmental, economic, and social impacts including habitat degradation, indiscriminate fishing and entanglements, decreased catches, at-sea safety hazards, and vessel damage.  ALDFG is generated by unfavourable environmental conditions (like storms and bottom type), gear conflicts among fishers and other industries, poor gear condition, and inappropriate disposal at-sea.  Losses can be accidental, fishers are not always at fault, as the marine environment is shared with other industries. 

ABOUT THE PROJECT

This project will work collaboratively with industry, academia, and government to prevent, reduce, and assess impacts of ALDFG on the South Shore of Nova Scotia (LFAs 33, 34, and 35 – Nova Scotia only) from July 2020 to March 2022.  This will be accomplished through implementing waste management systems for responsible disposal of end-of-life gear, retrieving ALDFG from targeted areas, and conducting an impact assessment of ALDFG during retrieval, with ongoing communication campaigns throughout the project. 

Owner / Operator

Maritimes Region Lobster Advisory Meeting (MARLAC)

Maritimes Region Lobster Advisory Meeting (MARLAC) UPDATE: President Kevin Ross made a recommendation to have a dedicated call to discuss Owner / Operator in an effort to move the matter to the front of the regulatory review line. Treasury Board Secretariat reviews all regulatory (law) amendments, presently only reviewing those involving Covid19 implications, Owner Operator is Covid19 implicated because corporations are actively seeking to buy licenses during the pandemic.

Date: 

Friday, June 12, 2020 - 09:00

Re-Issuance Of Banked Licenses

The subject of DFO re-issuing "banked" lobster licenses  is being researched in en effort to learn more about this subject.  New information will be posted here as soon as it becomes available. 

About Us

Incorporated in August of 2017, with the overall objectives to unite fisherman from Lobster Fishing Areas 33 & LFA 34; to be represented as one voice and to work together to achieve the long-term sustainability of the lobster fishery.

Our Fishery

The traditional start of the lobster season along Nova Scotia’s southwestern shores, commonly known as Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 33 and 34, begins the last Monday of November of each year and continues to the last day of the following May.  There are 714 licensed lobster vessels in LFA 33 and 979 in LFA 34.