03/10/2016 15:33 EST | Updated 03/11/2017 00:12 EST

Mandatory lobster handling course coming for buyers in Nova Scotia:minister

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's fisheries minister says the province is introducing a mandatory course on lobster handling for people who buy for suppliers.

Keith Colwell says the move is intended to improve the quality of lobster that is sold on world markets.

Colwell says the details of the 3.5-hour course are still being finalized, but he says the cost will be well under $100 for those required to take it.

He says there's no overall estimate for how much money has been lost due to the mishandling of lobsters.

Colwell says the amount lost provincewide varies by region and ranges anywhere from two to three per cent of the total catch to somewhere in the "low double digits."

He says the plan is to have buyers take the course this spring and it will be a condition of their licence beginning in 2017.


The Canadian Press