Nova Scotia China Lobster Certification Project

In 2017 Perennia assessed three Nova Scotia live lobster facilities of product destined for Alibaba, the largest online retailer in China. Perennia was project manager working with Nova Scotia Business Inc., Alibaba, the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, plus three industry participants to implement a pilot program focused on creating quality standards for both the Nova Scotia lobster industry and China buyers. Perennia conducted the second party implementation audit in Nova Scotia and in three Tier 1 cities in China.

Based on the effort of this project, lobster quality standards were developed for the industry selling into the Chinese market. In addition, best handling practices for optimum quality in the shipping of live lobster were identified. Special lobster bands were utilized to track the certified lobster product to their destination.