Districts 33 And 34 Lobster Fishermen Have A New Voice

Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 14:19 PM

The Brazil Rock 33/34 Lobster Association was just formed a couple of months ago.

Shawn Muise, a fisherman from Argyle, Yarmouth County, says interest in the group was huge.

He said a meeting in Shelburne recently drew many interested fishermen.

"A few weeks ago we held a meeting at the Shelburne Fire Hall, it was put out there only about a week earlier and 300 fishermen showed up and everybody was willing to join this new group. The 10 directors and the president in the room today decided to publicly announce the new group. It's been going for a few months now, but we held meetings with the port reps from Digby right around to Eastern Passage, somewhere around 30 reps, and a vote was passed unanimously to start a new association. The Brazil Rock 33/34 Lobster Association supports owner/operator, a prosperous sustainable fishery and cooperation with like-minded organizations in pursuit of common objectives."

Muise, a director of the association, says the Brazil Rock 33/34 Lobster Association is run and supported by fishermen.

Keven Ross, President of the Brazil Rock 33/34 Lobster Association says not all lobster fishermen felt their concerns were being heard.

"A lot of fishermen on Cape Sable Island felt they didn't have a voice. now it's grown to where we have a really large district."

Ross says the group can help member fishermen with things like incidental by-catch and other issues.

He says all port reps and directors will have applications for membership and will also be available at all Vernon d'Eon stores.

More more information on the Brazil Rock 33/34 Lobster Association you can call Kevin Ross at 902-635-0414 Shawn Muise at 902-648-8716.