N.S. lobsters staying home
In December, the meat of the lobster export season, David Deveau’s days are usually chock full of orders to his major markets in Japan and Korea.
But a confluence of factors have collided to create conditions that have Deveau staring at his worst December on record.
Deveau, CEO of Riverside Lobster & Seafood Inc., out of Meteghan River, said he is on pace to move 75 percent less lobster than in previous years.
“Last year was not good, and this year is scary,” said Deveau, who has been in the industry for 16 years.
Several weeks into the six-month lobster season have yielded a record haul of supply, flooding the market with millions more pounds than usual.
Earlier this month, lobster buyers banded together to ask Fisheries and Oceans Canada to temporarily close southwestern Nova Scotia’s lobster season for a 72-hour period.