CAPE SABLE ISLAND, N.S. — Nova Scotia’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister, Sterling Belliveau, has proclaimed December the Month of the Lobster.
The news coincides with the start of the province’s southwestern fishing season. At a breakfast at Cape Sable Island, alongside local fishermen, Belliveau described the value of the lobster industry to the Nova Scotia economy. “Lobster fishing is a way of life for many who live in rural coastal communities throughout Nova Scotia,” he said, on behalf of Premier Darrell Dexter. “Including crew members, the number of people employed in the fishery alone is around 10,000 and it is a significant economic engine.”
The Nova Scotia lobster industry is valued at a reported $400 million. Last year, more than 20-million kilograms of lobster was caught, $353 million of which was exported to more than 50 countries around the world.