It’s not April Fool… the 2021 lobster season has already started !
The winter was mild, and no ice was seen in the Baie-des-Chaleurs. The Gaspé lobster fishermen have thus started the new season as early as this Saturday, April 24! We can all enjoy the white, tender and tasty flesh of Gaspé lobster once again.
This new season marks the 10th anniversary of the identification of 100% of the lobsters caught in the Gaspé Peninsula, a traceability approach that is still unique in the world, which puts Quebecers and fishermen in touch here, on the monhomard.ca website, thanks to the traceability tag. You will find on the blue side, under the Aliments du Québec logo, a number unique to each fisherman and on the orange side the slogan « J’aime le beurre » of our partner Les Producteurs de lait du Québec (https://www.recettesdici.com/fr/recettes/?q=homard). Write the number of your tag in the box where it is written “Enter your code here” to see in video and better know the fisherman who caught your lobster.
For a long time, sustainable fishing measures have been put in place and have improved over the years to ensure that we will have good Gaspé lobster for years. In addition to ensuring the sustainability of the “lobster” resource through its various projects, the RPPSG will test in 2021 modifications to fishing gear to protect the North Atlantic right whale and other large cetaceans. In fact, fishermen will try out new devices and ropes to prevent the whales from becoming entangled in them or from breaking free if they do. Another proof that the ecosystem is close to the hearts of all members of this sustainable and MSC eco-certified fishery.
This traceability project was funded by the ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation, as part of the Programme d’appui financier aux initiatives collectives dans le secteur des pêches et de l’aquaculture commerciales.