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Membership as of May 10 = 730 members.
By-catch participants = 540 



Oct 17, 2018

A New website has been setup for BRAZIL ROCK 33/34 LOBSTER ASSOCIATION Click the link here

Aug 22,2018

To the eligible license holders that paid the $499 for the by-catch pilot program: the project coordinators have been calling members to verify the submitted information that was given. To date there are still a lot of license holders that have not been reached. If you are seeing this message and are a paid member($499) that has not been contacted you can reach out to the coordinators at 902-881-2683 or 902-881-2684. 

Brazil Rock membership renewals are at the years end this month ( August ). Due to mail outs being processed to be sent out for the by-catch program the renewal forms will be sent out at the same time, sometime over the next few weeks. Payments for renewing will be from the time of receiving the form up until the last day of December 2018.
Notices will be sent out to all Brazil Rock members regardless if your signed into the by-catch program or not. 


Aug 13, 2018

Currently we are contacting all by-catch participants to confirm and get additional info about you or your vessel.

Also we are pleased to hear that the entangled right whale in the Bay of Fundy has been disentangled. 


July 5, 2018

A new Website to check out that may benefit you as a harvester is Fish Harvesters Registration and Certification Board of Nova Scotia. www.nsfishharvesters.ca


June 25, 2018

The deadline to join Brazil Rock that was set by DFO, to participate in the By-Catch pilot was March 1,2018. Even though the cheques were not deposited, the members list was delivered to DFO and cannot be changed. The pilot is well underway for the opening of LFA 35 in October. The numbers are firm and cannot be changed with the exception of new entrants into the fishery. This is only firm for the 2018-19 season.


June 18, 2018

There has been a members meeting scheduled for July 11, 2018 - at Shelburne arena - at 2pm

 
June 2, 2018

Hi, Kevin Ross here, President of Brazil Rock 33/34 Lobster Association. I would like to say that we are working hard for our members. I want to speak about B class licenses. I have met, made numerous phone calls and emails to DFO officials about this. I have told them these licenses should be exempt from the by-catch program. They have agreed but would not put it in writing. I, and most fishermen agree someone with only 75 traps should not be involved in this program. I have and will continue to make many calls to resolve this. Some of the regional management has there own agenda and it does not include helping us.


May 26, 2018

A reminder to make sure to submit all logs to prevent any delay of conditions in the fall. Logs need to be submitted 14 days after the end of each month.

We have been trying hard to get an answer on the By-catch issue. Recently we have gone directly to the minister, but are still waiting for clarification on the by-catch policy to be implemented this fall. We have not deposited any cheques and will not until we get this straight with DFO.

We have been to several meetings over the winter on whale interactions and MPA's. We have been aligned with other associations with these matters. 

Kevin ( our president ) has deployed a Hydrophone to listen for whales to prove that their interaction is minimal during our season. 

There has also been meetings with the Provincial Minister of Fisheries.

Also we have met with DFO about the FSC fishery. There has been some brainstorming on how to rectify the black market that's being masked by the FSC fishery. We have been asked to maintain a cool head and try to leave the enforcement to C&P officers and not create any tension between different communities. Stay tuned there will be news interviews coming up soon with Brazil Rock and other associations on this issue.

Coming up in June there are meetings to discus the FSC fishery.

May 17,2018

A couple of Right whales have been seen in the gulf. This does not directly affect D33 or D34 but issued to all fish harvesters. To read more click here 

May 10, 2018

We are currently working collaboratively with other associations through the Southwest Lobster Science Society to tackle ByCatch issues and working towards better solutions in the controversial FSC fishery. Stay tuned for more info in the next few weeks. 

May 7, 2018

There are some Marine First Aid courses scheduled starting in June. Please contact NS Fisheries Safety Association for more info in your area. @ 902-233-5887

May 1, 2018

There will be an LFA 34 advisory meeting on June 13. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your port rep or call the Brazil Rock office. 

 





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CJLS "The Weekender" - September 10th @ 9:00am
We will be discussing the association, how it began and our mission statement.