Posts by Veronika Brzeski

Meet Your 2018 Lobster Technicians!

Bhreagh Krszwda – “Hi there, I’m Bhreagh and this is my second year as a lobster technician with the Cape Breton Fisher Harvesters Association. I reside in Albert Bridge when I’m not in school working on my undergrad degree in Environment Management at UNB Fredericton. Working for CBFHA has peaked my interest in helping to create and…

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Striped Bass

The Cape Breton Fish Harvesters Association is concerned about the recent increase in Striped Bass in the waters around Cape Breton. Alarm bells are being sounded by smelt harvesters, lobster harvesters, and recreational fishers. They are voracious eaters preying on our important economic and endangered species

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Update – St. Anns Bank MPA

St. Anns Bank Marine Protected Area (MPA) was designated on June 2, 2017. As a result, fisheries restrictions are now in effect. All recreational and commercial fisheries (with the exception of commercial seal harvest) are prohibited in Zone 1. Certain fisheries are allowed in Zones 2, 3 and/or 4. Please refer to the St. Anns…

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Atlantic Halibut

Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) have both their eyes on the right side of their bodies and swim with the right side facing the surface. They are distinguished from other flat fish in the area by the concave tail and highly arched lateral line above the pectoral fin. The largest of the flatfish in Atlantic Canada,…

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Cape Breton Exhibition 2015

From August 17 to 21, the LFA27 Management Board crew (aka Cape Breton Lobster) manned a booth at the Cape Breton Exhibition in North Sydney. The goal of the exhibit was to promote our local seafood industry (small, coastal owner-operators). Fishermen and lobster technicians were on hand to chat with visitors and answer questions. Our…

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Lobster Genetics

Guest post by Laura Benestan, graduate student with the NSERC Canadian Fisheries Research Network Imagine being responsible for managing a moose population, which includes a hunt. To do it sustainably you would need to know how many moose there are in your herd (population) and how many could be taken every year without diminishing the…

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At sea sampling

How sustainable is our fishery? There are many ways to assess sustainability of a fishery: some very sophisticated methodologies using complex data programs and fancy equipment and some much simpler but easier to understand methods. Small scale coastal fish harvesters who are “in touch” with their environment assess sustainability by their daily catch, and by the abundance of…

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Tagging Lobsters and Conservation

Since 1993, lobster harvesters in Eastern Cape Breton have participated in research which tagged and retrieved lobster to monitor their movement and growth. The results: Lobster don’t move much from year to year. In fact the majority move less than 6 km. Therefore, applied conservation efforts do benefit the local fishery. Lobster harvesters were able to admire the growth…

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Port Morien

Port Morien is a beautiful fishing village in south eastern Cape Breton. The name was incorporated in 1895. Previously, it was called Cowbay. Coal Mining was prominent from 1859 to 1912. From 2005 to the present, Morien has received a complete makeover, thanks to the efforts of the Port Morien Development Association. The most important…

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Berried Female Lobster

It is illegal to keep a berried female.

Unlike the roe, or red eggs inside a cooked lobster, these black eggs glued to the outside of the tail are fertilized. After 9 to 12 months of carrying them on the swimmerets, the eggs will hatch into tiny lobster larvae that float on the surface of the ocean for 6 to 8 weeks.

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