Meet Your 2018 Lobster Technicians!

By Veronika Brzeski

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…

Cape Breton Exhibition 2015

By Veronika Brzeski

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…

Lobster Genetics

By Veronika Brzeski

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…

At sea sampling

By Veronika Brzeski

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…

Tagging Lobsters and Conservation

By Veronika Brzeski

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…

Berried Female Lobster

By Veronika Brzeski

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.