Sept. 3, 2009
ST. ANDREWS (CNB) - A sustainable lobster fishery in New Brunswick is achievable as a result of industry collaboration announced this morning in St. Andrews, where stakeholders in the Lobster Sustainability Foundation discussed developments resulting from their first annual general meeting.
"I am happy to announce, on behalf of the Province of New Brunswick, an initial contribution of $100,000 to the recently formed Lobster Sustainability Foundation," said Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet. "This foundation promises to achieve long-term solutions to ensure a healthy fishery for generations to come. This will be accomplished through the sharing of resources, the sharing of research, and the sharing of visions. In my view, a self-sufficient, healthy, and thriving fishery is within reach, thanks to the teamwork of this foundation."
Representatives from the Maritime Fishermen's Union, Paturel International, Orion Seafood International, Cape Bald Packers and Darden's Restaurants are also partners in the foundation. Doucet said that he was pleased to show support for the foundation.
"Darden and Red Lobster are thrilled to be part of this wonderful milestone in seafood sustainability," said Bill Herzig of Darden Restaurants Inc. "We thank the provincial government and everyone whose partnership is key to forging solutions to the environmental and economic sustainability of this critically important species."
The new chairman of the board of the Lobster Sustainability Foundation is Charles Anastasia. He is also the CEO and co-founder of Orion Seafood International, a leading worldwide distributor of North Atlantic lobster and snow crab.
"The ultimate objective of this foundation is to continue to sustain and enrich the Canadian fishing communities that have such a rich cultural and economic heritage of lobster fishing and processing," said Anastasia. "One of the primary goals of the foundation is to facilitate a collaborative effort to drive forward conservation, research, and enhancement programs."
The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has provided technical support for the work, leading directly to the establishment of the foundation.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Chris Connor, communications, Department of Fisheries, 506-457-3549; Jan Spinney, director of technical services, Orion Seafood International Inc., 506-532-5200.