Science & Conservation

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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St Anns Bank- Marine Protected Area

The Cape Breton Fish Harvesters Association (previously the LFA27 Management Board) represents inshore owner-operator fish harvesters in Eastern Cape Breton many of whom are fishing or have historically fished in the area covered by the St. Anns Bank proposed Marine Protected Area. Association members are heavily affected by the proposed MPA, which covers over 15…

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Modeling the Drift of Lobster Larvae

Guest post by Brady K. Quinn, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, NB After lobster eggs hatch, baby lobsters, called larvae, are released into the ocean. These larvae spend the first 3-8 weeks or more of their life in waters near the surface and then eventually settle back to the seabed at the end of the larval phase. While…

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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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