New group holding first meeting next month

Sherry Martell
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CAPE JOHN - The recently formed Lobster Council of Canada is preparing to host its inaugural meeting next month.
Board member Ronnie Heighton is looking forward to working collaboratively with other industry stakeholders to resolve many issues currently facing the lobster industry.
"There is a lot to do in the promotion of lobster and trying to access new markets is on the top of our list," said Heighton, a Cape John-based fisherman and president of the Northumberland Fisherman's Association.
A council head office has been established on Granville Street in Halifax and Geoff Irvine was appointed last fall with a mandate to enhance the value of the Canadian lobster sector in a sustainable fashion by addressing the issues of importance to the industry.
The council includes representatives from fishermen's groups, processors and lobster buyers in Eastern Canada.
The Atlantic governments, the Quebec government and the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans made an initial commitment of $370,000 during the next two years to establish the council.
Future funding will come from fishermen, processors and buyers.
Heighton said board executive will be elected during the Feb. 3 meeting and work will begin immediately.
The council's first major tasks will be the development and implementation of a long-term marketing strategy, an active communications strategy with industry and the development of a self-funding model for the organization beyond the first two years.

smartell@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Lobster Council of Canada, Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Geographic location: Northumberland Fisherman, Granville Street, Halifax Eastern Canada Quebec

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