Confusion Over Canada's Directive to Euthanize Egg-Bearing Lobsters Raises Concerns

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) implemented a policy in January 2022 mandating lobster pounds to euthanize egg-bearing female lobsters instead of releasing them, citing risk of parasite and disease spread and introducing genetic differences in local lobster populations. However, many industry members, including lobster processors, are still unaware of this requirement two years later, highlighting communication gaps and the absence of prior consultation and the need for clarity on the euthanasia method. Critics underscore the need for improved communication between the DFO and processors to address the directive's potential impact.