LFA 34 Season Opening
The season in lobster fishing area (LFA) 34 was late starting due to inclement weather. The all-important lobster season off Southwest Nova Scotia kicked off on Dec. 8 instead of the scheduled Nov. 30.
Kathy Johnson photos
Trump’s Great Gift to Canada
Thanks to Canada’s neighbour to the south, the optimism level of fishermen in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 34 and 35 must be on the rise.
A few months ago, The Navigator’s sister publication, Atlantic Fisherman, speculated that if trade talks between the U.S. and China continued to go sideways, then the Nova Scotia lobster industry might be on the verge of more market share in the lucrative and all-important Asian market. And it appears that prediction, due mainly to the unpredictable ...
Another Lobster Season in the Books
(Above) Lobster fishermen Adrian Comeau (right) and Jason LeBlanc offload lobster traps from the Ella & Jace at the wharf in Meteghan, Digby County, in the final days of the LFA 34 season. Kathy Johnson photos
Harsh Weather Had Major Impact on Southwest Nova Fishery
The pots are now ashore in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34.
This marks the end of a season where the weather has hampered fishing efforts, including a one-day delay in the scheduled season opening of November ...
King of the Crustaceans
Prolific and unprecedented record catches of Homarus Americanus appear to be the norm, for now, in the Maritimes.
Everyone is aware of how much the Eastern Canadian lobster industry has grown and prospered in recent years. But it is not until the numbers are broken down, does one actually see how this always lucrative fishery has grown exponentially — especially over the last decade.
A myriad of eye-opening, jaw-dropping lobster statistics were recently presented by Fisheries and Oceans ...
Windy Weather Impacting Southwest N.S. Lobster Season
Above photo: Extra lines hold fishing boats safe and sound at the Clark’s Harbour wharf in the wake of a nor’easter that brought hurricane force winds and full tide storm surges to southwestern Nova Scotia in early January. Kathy Johnson photo
Two winter storms packing hurricane force winds, combined with smaller gales, have been keeping lobster fishermen ashore more than on the water in southwestern Nova Scotia this winter.
But when they do get out, “the catches have been ...
Lobster Landings Solid in LFAs 33 and 34
Above photo: Woods Harbour fisherman Sandy Goreham carries a trap while loading the Theresa and Cole at the Lower Woods Harbour wharf.
Halifax Airport Gears Up for Busy Cargo Season
The lobster season is well underway in southwestern Nova Scotia, with solid landings, a strong shore price and firm market conditions during the opening month.
The season opened on November 28 after a one-day weather delay for the close to 1,700 fishing vessels in Lobster Fishing Areas (LFAs) 33 and 34. ...
Lobster Season About to Kick Off in Southwest Nova
Above photo: Fishermen bait lobster traps on the Clark’s Harbour wharf on dumping day in 2016. The commercial lobster fishery in LFAs 33 and 34 was scheduled to open on Nov. 27. Kathy Johnson photo
LFA 35 Opening Offers Hope for Good Start in LFAs 33-34
Strong landings, a shore price of $6.50/pound and a “decent quality” catch in the Upper Bay of Fundy had lobster fishermen in Lobster Fishing Areas 33 and 34 optimistic for another good season as they readied for the scheduled ...
Bycatch Data Collection Key Focus at Lobster Forum
The implementation of a bycatch data collection system for Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 33, 34 and 35 by the 2018/19 harvest season was a key focus at the second annual Southwest Nova Scotia Lobster Forum in Yarmouth.
Hosted by the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association, the Maritime Fishermen’s Union, the Coldwater Lobstermen’s Association and the Scotia Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association, more than 100 fishermen from all three LFAs attended the forum, which dealt with ...
LFA 33-34 Lobster Prices All Over the Map
The talk on the wharves prior to the opening of the lobster fishery in LFA 33-34 on Nov. 28 was that things would be different this year regarding price.
Last year’s benign weather conditions allowed some harvesters to operate every day for the first 28 of the season. Everything was sold at a decent price, including lower grade stuff, from opening day with prices topping off in some niches at $15/pound in February.
How things have changed.
With February on the cusp, most harvesters ...