PEI lobster goes for MSC

The PEI lobster fishery uses baited traps to catch American lobster. Photo: Martin Cathrae The PEI lobster fishery uses baited traps to catch American lobster. Photo: Martin Cathrae

Canada’s Prince Edward Island (PEI) lobster fishery is to be assessed against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification programme by an independent, third party.

SAI Global will carry out the assessment for the fishery, which includes the PEI Fishermen’s Association, the PEI Seafood Producers Association, the Abegweit First Nation and the Lennox Island First Nation.

“The Prince Edward Island harvesting and processing sectors are proud of their conservation, resource management and product processing regimes and look forward to being assessed against the MSC global standard,” said Ian MacPherson, executive director, PEI Fishermen's Association.

This effort represents a unique collaboration between harvesters, processors and the First Nations groups,” he added.

The PEI lobster fishery operates baited traps to catch American lobster.

To ensure the stock is able to maintain productivity, it applies limited season openings, minimum species sizes, escape mechanisms and biodegradable twine in traps.

Lobster from the fishery is landed live for shipping to global markets and for processing into cooked lobster products. The main export markets are in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Landings from over 1,200 harvesters account for two-thirds to three-quarters of the value of the overall fishery on PEI.

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