- Certifier :
- SAI Global
- Certified status :
- Certified since :
- 22 May 2015
- Certificate expires :
- 25 May 2020
Southwest Nova Scotia and in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence are home to some of the largest populations of American lobster.
In 2014, the landed value of Canada’s lobster fisheries was C$853 million, making them the most valuable fishery in the country. The Bay of Fundy, Scotian Shelf and Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence lobster trap fishery contributed around four-fifths of this.
The fishery includes 4,152 licensed harvesters, and provides the economic backbone of many coastal communities across Atlantic Canada.
Most lobster is caught by independent fishers on small boats. Although hydraulic haulers have allowed the use of larger lobster traps, most traps currently in use are still under the maximum allowable dimensions. All traps are fitted with escape vents to avoid catching under-sized lobsters and non-target species.