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 ...
Inshore Lobster Bycatch Monitoring Implemented in Southwestern Nova Scotia
Like it or lump it, regular at-sea data collection across all inshore lobster fishing areas (LFAs) in the Maritimes Region is being introduced by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).
The monitoring will be starting this fall with LFAs 33, 34 and 35, possibly in the spring of 2019 for LFAs 27, 30, 31a, 31b and 32 and LFA 38b and at a later date to be determined for LFAs 36, 37 and 38.
“The main purpose of at-sea data collection is to determine the occurrence of bycatch ...
Lobster Bycatch Monitoring
Final Details Being Worked Out for At-Sea Data Collection in Fishery
With the implementation of regular at-sea data collection across all inshore lobster fishing areas (LFAs) in the Maritimes Region starting this fall in LFAs 33 to 3, and in the spring of 2019 for LFAs 27 to 32 and Area 38B, the push is on to finalize the details.
The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has notified all inshore lobster licence holders of the pending management changes. DFO is advising harvesters to ...
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 ...