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Rebuilding the lobster fishery
Short-Term Transitional Measures
Lobster DFO  L. Falardeau

Last June, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced that the Government of Canada agreed to invest $65 million to help lobster harvesters in Atlantic Canada. This grant was awarded to counter the difficult market conditions that have resulted from the global economic recession. Of this amount, $15 million will go to establishing the Short-Term Transitional Measures (STTM) program.

This exceptional program is intended for lobster licence holders and Aboriginal communities that have been severely affected by the collapse in market demand for lobster caused by the global recession.

To be eligible, lobster harvesters must have:

  • held a valid lobster licence for 2008 and 2009
  • earned income from lobster harvesting in 2008 and 2009
  • registered a gross income of no more than $50,000 from lobster landings in 2009
  • experienced a drop of least 25% in the total value of lobster landed in 2009 compared to 2008 landings
  • an annual income that directly depends on lobster harvesting
  • the value of landed lobster must account for at least 50% of the total value of their landings in 2008
  • the lobster landed in 2009 must have a value of at least $2,500.

Applicants have until January 31, 2010, to apply for the STTM program. Forms are available at the DFO Regional Office, Area offices and on the program’s Web site.

For more information, please visit the program’s Web site or call 1-877-672-7131.

Frédéric Lessard
Policy and Economics