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Live Atlantic Canadian Lobster Showcased in China

first_imgAtlantic Canadian lobster has made a splash in China during a recent 10-day promotional tour by industry and government staff. Industry representatives made significant progress in developing business relationships during the tour that marketed live lobster to cities with booming economies and populations of about eight million people each. A Chinese partner has immediate plans to expand and buy more Atlantic lobster. “Our lobster industry is vital to the future growth and prosperity of our province, especially for the many Nova Scotians who live in our coastal communities,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “This project provided the Nova Scotia lobster industry with a great opportunity to showcase our premium Atlantic Canadian lobster in a significant Asian market. “This is just the first of many possible opportunities to boost our exports to China.” The live lobster China tour was developed by the Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association. The industry-driven project received financial support from the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and industry partners. The delegation, lead by Greg Roach, Fisheries and Aquaculture assistant deputy minister, met with vice-mayor Zhang Yuanfu of Qingdao Municipal People’s Government and Shen Qi Feng, vice-director general, Qingdao Municipal Bureau of Economic Co-operation. “It was really an eye-opener to see the growing wealth and economic activity in China,” said Peter Swim, president of Island Marine Products, one of the project partners. “This market in China offers a great opportunity for us to sell our live lobsters.” Industry tour representatives were from Ferguson’s Lobster Pound Limited, Island Marine Products Limited, Canadian Gold Seafood Limited and K&N Nickerson. Tour events included a Canadian Live Lobster Cooking tournament and a tour of All Success Trading International, the project’s Chinese partner in Qingdao, which will expand to hold more Nova Scotia live lobster for distribution in China.last_img read more

Latest round of UNbacked Darfur peace talks resumes tomorrow in Qatar

17 November 2009United Nations-backed mediation talks aimed at bringing peace to the strife-torn Sudanese region of Darfur will resume tomorrow in Doha, Qatar, the world body announced today. This latest round of the talks will include the participation of Darfurian civil society organizations, including women’s and youth groups.Organized under the auspices of the African Union-UN Joint Mediator, Djibril Bassolé, the Doha talks present an opportunity for the Sudanese Government and rebel movements to negotiate and agree on common measures that would help push the peace process forward.Fighting has raged across Darfur since 2003, pitting the rebel movements against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen. An estimated 300,000 people have been killed in the region over the past six years and another 2.7 million people forced to leave their homes. The joint African Union-UN peacekeeping force in Darfur, known as UNAMID, has been deployed there since January 2008 to try to quell the fighting and protect civilians. read more