Fishermen Impacted by Barrington Lake Wildfire Being Helped by Fellow Harvesters
Gearing up for this fall’s LFA 33/34 lobster fishery is going to be a little more challenging for 17 fishermen in Shelburne County who lost thousands of dollars in uninsurable fishing gear during the Barrington Lake wildfire last spring.
Called the largest wildfire in Nova Scotia’s history, the wildfire burned out-of-control for two weeks in late May/early June, leaving a path of destruction in its wake, including 60 primary residences, some 150 buildings, vehicles and fishing gear.
Lobster Season Ends in Southwest Nova
Above: Lobster fishing balloons are loaded onto a truck at the Lower East Pubnico wharf at the end of the LFA 34 lobster season. Kathy Johnson photos
It is officially a wrap for the 2018/19 commercial lobster fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia.
The season closed in Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 33 and 34 on May 31. This is followed by the season end in Bay of Fundy LFAs 36, 37 and 38 on June 29. The LFA 35 fishery closes on July 31.
“Overall it was a decent spring,” said Bernie ...
Weather Hampers Spring Lobster Fishery in Southwest Nova Scotia
Above: Kathy Johnson Photo
Fishermen in southwestern Nova Scotia were hoping for better weather in May as the six-month lobster season in Lobster Fishing Areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 comes to a close.
Strong winds and rough seas continued to hamper lobster fishing efforts throughout April.
“The catches are above average from last year this time, but the problem is the boats aren’t getting out,” said Mike Cotter, owner of Cotters Ocean Products in Lockeport. “The weather has been ...