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Coldwater Lobster Association
Coldwater Lobster Association launched in LFA 34
For Immediate Release
Yarmouth, NS. November 7, 2014-
The Coldwater Lobster Association
today announced that it is open for business and is actively recruiting members
in Lobster Fishing Area 34.
The Association was formed to represent
lobster license holders in LFA 34 and to address an ever increasing list of industry
issues. Coldwater Lobster Association
will work with industry stakeholders, government agencies and others for the
betterment of its members and the lobster industry as a whole.
“The business of fishing and the management of
the fishery have become very complicated and require ever increasing attention.
We feel that an association with a structured, dues paying membership regime is
the best approach to facilitate the emerging needs of fishermen in LFA 34.”
says association President Bernie Berry. “We want to build a vision for a better
future, to revitalize the industry and generate the most value possible from
our fishery resource. A strong fishery will allow young fishermen the
opportunity to stay in Nova Scotia and will help rural communities thrive
throughout the province.”
The initial Board of Directors is made
up of lobster fishermen and representation from the First Nations community. All
board members have a vested interest in the future of the industry.
The Association executive is made up
of H. Bernie Berry - President , Thomas Amirault- Vice President and Lucien
LeBlanc- Secretary/Treasurer; rounding out the board are R. Morgan Surette,
Derek Thomas, Jeffrey Nickerson, Robert Harris and Timothy Martin.
The Association intends to hire an executive
director to work on behalf of members on important industry issues. They also hope to take advantage of the buying
power and influence of a dues paying organization to help reduce overhead costs
to its members and will work to secure member benefits such as supplier
discounts, fuel discounts and group insurance, however these initiatives will
take some time to implement.
“LFA 34 needs and must have a strong
voice” says Berry, “an organization of like-minded, dues paying members will
achieve this. This area has 975 license holders and fishermen here landed 55,000,000
lbs of lobsters during the 2013-2014 season. We need to take the initiative and
lead this industry by establishing a strong organization”.
Anyone wishing to join the Coldwater
Lobster Association or to obtain information on the new group is invited to
contact Bernie Berry at 902-742-6325 or to speak with any one of the Board
“The Coldwater Lobster Association
through services to members will work to ensure a safe, sustainable and
prosperous lobster fishery in LFA 34 for current and future generations”.
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