Workshop on lobster sustainability planned

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On July 23-24 the Atlantic Lobster Sustainability Foundation (ALSF)  and the Lobster Institute will host the third annual Science Workshop on Sustainable Growth of the Atlantic Lobster at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Moncton, New Brunswick.

The goals of the symposium are to:

• Inform stakeholders on the latest lobster science at home and abroad;

• Discover opportunities for serving the industry, and;

• Map the way forward to support lobster sustainability through science.

“In 2011 and 2012, stakeholders from all sectors of the lobster fishery – fishermen, processors, buyers – participated in this workshop,” says ALSF Executive Director Rick Doucet. “The conference is a great opportunity to bring those who work on the water, in processing plants or as buyers together with leading researchers to ensure a vital and sustainable lobster industry. As well, this year we will once again be welcoming Ministers of Fisheries from around the Atlantic region.”

“We are especially pleased that the Lobster Institute is joining us as partner in presenting this workshop. They’ve been heavily involved in our previous workshops and we look forward to formalizing this partnership.”

Located at The University of Maine, the Lobster Institute has been working with and serving the lobster industry from New York to Newfoundland since 1987.

“The Lobster Institute is very pleased to be forging a stronger bond with the Atlantic Lobster Sustainability Foundation, and co-hosting this year’s Science Workshop,” says Dr. Bob Bayer, Executive Director of the Lobster Institute. “Our missions are very similar. Both focus on sustaining the lobster resource that is the centerpiece of a economically significant cross-border industry. The annual Science  Workshop helps ensure the most up-to-date information scientists can bring to the table is shared with everyone involved in the lobster industry, and that the important connection between fishermen and scientists remains solid.”

The first morning will focus on sustainability from government’s perspective and from the perspective of the retail sector.  In the afternoon presentations on leading sustainability research will be made, wrapping up with a round table of industry investment on how the lobster sector can invest in science. The second day continues to explore developments in sustainability research including results of current ALSF-funded and other lobster research projects. A more detailed agenda will be released closer to the event.

Registration forms for the 2013 Science Workshop on Sustainable Growth of the Atlantic Lobster are available at www.lobstersustainability.ca and www.lobsterinstitute.org

The Atlantic Lobster Sustainability Foundation is a non-profit organization, supported by public/private funding, dedicated to preserving and enhancing a viable, strong, and sustainable lobster industry. Its objective is to sponsor and promote scientific research, and its application, on lobster stock and habitat enhancement. Its efforts will support a robust, stable, and self-sufficient industry that will provide long-term economically viable opportunities for all levels of stakeholders and their communities. www.lobstersustainability.ca

The Lobster Institute, with guidance and involvement from fishermen and all constituents within the lobster industry, and with both a community and global perspective, conducts and provides for research and educational outreach focused on protecting, conserving, and enhancing the lobster resource and lobstering as an industry…and as a way of life. www.lobsterinstitute.org

Organizations: Atlantic Lobster Sustainability Foundation, The Lobster Institute, Atlantic Lobster Crowne Plaza Hotel University of Maine

Geographic location: Moncton, New York, Newfoundland

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