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Below Average SWNS Lobster Fishery Catches Command Premium Prices

Landings are down but the shore price is up in the lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34 commercial lobster fishery in Southwestern Nova Scotia, impacting live and frozen markets. An opening shore price of $10.50 a pound had increased to $12.25 by the end of December. The 2022/23 season opened at $7.50. The strong shore price is good news for harvesters, says Tommy Amirault, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association. “The lobsters are good quality from what I’ve seen. The ...

LFA 33, 34 Gear Up for Season Start

Above: LEFT: The Ellen Faye lays berthed at the Lower Woods Harbour wharf with a load of traps, waiting for the lobster fishing area (LFA) 33 and 34 season to open. Kathy Johnson photos   While hopes were high, the market outlook was uncertain as fishermen in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 were getting ready for the start of the six-month lobster fishery. Fishermen began transporting thousands of lobster traps and gear to local wharves and loading their boats on Nov. 13. ...

All Systems Go for 2023/24 LFA 33/34 Lobster Fishery

The traps and gear are being overhauled, soon to be piled on commercial fishing wharves and loaded aboard fishing boats from Eastern Passage through to Digby County, ready for the shotgun start of the lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33/34 fishery. Weather permitting, the season is scheduled to open on Nov. 27 in both lucrative lobster fishing areas. “Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) policy allows for up to two days of flexibility for LFAs 33 and 34 to open early if poor weather could ...

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 ...