2010年04月22日

アイスランド大爆発

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Nova Scotia dealers say shut down of European live lobster sales may put pressure on dock prices

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [Chronicle Herald] By CHRIS LAMBIE April 21, 2010 -

Halifax- Nova Scotia lobster exports to Europe are on the back burner as the airline industry waits for a cloud of volcanic ash to lift.

Stewart Lamont, president of Ferguson's Lobster Ltd. in Tangier, estimated Monday that his company has lost about $100,000 in sales to Europe over the past five days.

'It's particularly serious,' Lamont said. 'We're just on the eve of our spring production period.'

Lobster seasons on the Eastern Shore and in Newfoundland open today.

'We've had a very challenging 90 to 120 days in the live lobster market recently and this is one additional challenge that the industry really doesn't need at this time.'

A massive April 14 volcanic eruption in Iceland grounded flights to Europe.

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'It (has) devastated sales to Europe since Thursday,' Lamont said.

He estimated as much as 100,000 kilograms of lobster would normally have left Halifax Stanfield International Airport over that five-day period.

'We now are building inventory,' Lamont said. 'Europe is the driver of the spring market in late April, May, June and July.'

He said his company does about 25 per cent of its sales in Europe.

'There are many other Nova Scotia companies whose exposure sales to Europe are 75 per cent or 80 per cent. It's a strong driver for a lot of companies.'

He was hoping to get lobster on a flight to London by today.

When European airports open, there will be a 'tremendous backlog of passengers' and other products, he said.

'Right now, we have no flights, but even when they resume, it will be a gradual phase-back.

'The best-case scenario is, a week from now, things have essentially returned to normal.'

Lobster fishermen are now getting $4 a pound, but 'that price is already in jeopardy' due to the volcanic ash problem, he said.
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'It's a community issue and it's a harvester issue as much as it's a company issue. What price can be paid for live lobster if you take away 30 or 40 per cent of the market? The market is already fragile based on the exchange issue, the internationally economy issues.

'If we add the fact that a significant part of the market isn't available to us for highly unusually reasons, it has huge negative impact for the industry as a whole, for communities in rural Atlantic Canada that have a significant lobster fishery, for the harvesters themselves, for the local dealers, for the exporters and the processors.'

It is fortunate the volcanic eruption didn't happen in May or June, said Colin MacDonald, the chief executive officer of Clearwater Seafoods in Halifax.

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'It will be a real problem if it continues through then.'

Europe represents about 30 per cent of Clearwater's lobster market, he said.

'Lobster's about 20 per cent of our business. So about six per cent of our total business would be impacted at this point in time.'

Clearwater's lobster sales normally slow at this time of year, he said.

'Typically, running up to a new season, sales really turn into a trickle. Everyone's anticipating the new season coming on and no one wants to have inventory positions Ñ none of our customers do Ñ because they're fearful that they'll be caught with expensive inventory when new stuff comes on. . .. That's a real fear. So if this is going to happen, this is the best time for it to happen.'

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