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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. ...

Split Start for Southwestern N.S. Lobster Fishery

Above: A Woods Harbour fisherman readies coils of rope trawl to be hoisted aboard a boat at the Lower Woods Harbour wharf as fishermen were gearing up for the opening of the lobster fishing area (LFA) 33 and 34 fishery. Kathy Johnson photos   Lobster fishing area (LFA) 33 fishers got a one day early start to the 2023/24 lobster season while their LFA 34 counterparts had to wait a few days before heading out to set their gear. The season was scheduled to open on Nov. 27 in both ...

LFA 35 Fishery Well Underway

Above: Kathy Johnson photo   A strong shore price was being paid when the first commercial lobster fishery in the Bay of Fundy opened for the season on Oct. 12. Lobster fishing area (LFA) 35 opened a day earlier than usual due to the weather forecast. LFAs 36, 37 and 38, also in the Bay of Fundy, were scheduled to start Nov. 14. This year, LFA 35 opened with a $9 to $10/pound shore price. Last year, the season opened at $6 to $7/pound being paid for the catch. “The ...

Harvesters Circumspect as LFA 33/34 Gears Up for Opening

Above: Kathy Johnson photo   After a lacklustre 2022/23 season, industry stakeholders in southwestern Nova Scotia were taking a cautious approach as they readied for the start of the LFA (lobster fishing area) 33/34 fishery, scheduled to open Nov. 27, weather permitting. “This year, especially after the spring we had, everybody is keeping their expenses low, working their numbers over. It was a really hard spring. Not many lobsters. The price wasn’t good. People are watching ...

The Nova Scotia Lobster Fleet is Ready to Go Electric, With Some Help

Oceans North, a charitable organization that seeks to encourage the adoption of policies to address issues with climate change, has identified Nova Scotia’s lobster fleet as a prime candidate for switching to fully electric propulsion. Brent Dancey, Oceans North’s Director of Marine Climate Action, said that while many sectors across the country have made moves to enact cleaner, greener changes to reduce carbon emissions and pollution, the fishing industry has fallen behind the global ...

St. Mary’s Bay Lobster Poaching Saga Continues

It’s like a reoccurring bad dream. Every summer, after the season closes for the commercial lobster fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia, another one starts in St. Mary’s Bay, Digby County. Some of the lobster fishing activity that happens in St. Mary’s Bay during the summer months is legitimate; First Nations people exercising their right to fish for Food, Social and Ceremonial (FSC) purposes as provided for in the Marshall Decision. But not all. Since early summer, commercial ...

LFA 25 Could See “Record Year” of Catches, MFU Reports

With the lobster fishing area (LFA) 25 fishery well underway, reports from both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are reporting strong catches so far. The season, which runs from August 11 to October 14, 2023, has had a record-setting start, according to Martin Mallet, the Executive Director of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU). “Like any fishing season, you have to wait until the end to really make a good analysis of the season, but from what I’m hearing, this has been a ...

FFAW Sees “Overall Positive” 2023 Crab and Lobster Season

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) claimed that besides low prices for crab, Newfoundland and Labrador’s crab and lobster seasons are seeing great catch rates of high-quality seafood. After what Jason Spingle, Secretary-Treasurer of the FFAW, called a “difficult” lead-up to the crab season, with price negotiations between the union and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) breaking down and leading to a six-week delay in the fishery, things seem to be looking up for ...

Chalk One Up for the Underdogs

Who says you can’t take on the federal government and win? Lobster fishermen in nearby Maine have proven that it is still possible to take on regulators and come out on top — even if it involves something as contentious and controversial as North Atlantic right whales. Fishermen in this region are no strangers to ever-increasing regulations surrounding endangered right whales. Over the last few years, snow crab and lobster harvesters have endured numerous fishing closures due to the ...

Lobster Seasons Winding Down in Maritimes

Above: Fishing boats are reflected in the still waters at the Lower East Pubnico wharf  in Yarmouth County. Kathy Johnson photo   Between the end of June and early August, the lobster season will close for the majority of inshore lobster fishing areas (LFAs) in eastern Canada. For most, the season has been nothing to brag about. “Nobody is doing too much. It’s been a pretty meager start to the season,” said Colin Sproul, president of the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen...