Who we are & what we do

By Michaela Oravecz / February 7, 2019
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Meet Your 2018 Lobster Technicians!

By Veronika Brzeski / May 30, 2018

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…

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Striped Bass

By Veronika Brzeski / June 30, 2017

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

By Veronika Brzeski / June 28, 2017

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…

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St Anns Bank- Marine Protected Area

By Michaela Oravecz / January 16, 2017

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…

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Modeling the Drift of Lobster Larvae

By Michaela Oravecz / May 3, 2016

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…

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Atlantic Halibut

By Veronika Brzeski / September 15, 2015

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…

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Cape Breton Exhibition 2015

By Veronika Brzeski / September 1, 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…

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Snow Crab in Eastern Cape Breton

By Veronika Brzeski / July 27, 2015

Snow crab harvesters in Eastern Cape Breton operate in 3 different areas. Areas, season and management of the fishery is described.

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Lobster Genetics

By Veronika Brzeski / July 16, 2015

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…

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Videotaping lobster

By Veronika Brzeski / July 8, 2015

Video of lobster escaping helps the lobster harvesters understand how short lobster escape from hatches.

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Lobster eggs, hatching time and larval drift

By Veronika Brzeski / July 3, 2015

We sample eggs and measure water temperature to predict hatching time for lobster.

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Why are some clutches abnormal?

By Veronika Brzeski / June 26, 2015

At sea sampling indicates that some berried females carry abnormal clutches which means decreased egg production. Feng Tang is trying to find out why.

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Monitoring Lobster Quality

By Veronika Brzeski / June 24, 2015

Weekly sampling of various ports indicate that the lobster landed in Eastern Cape Breton is of high quality.

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At sea sampling

By Veronika Brzeski / June 17, 2015

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…

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