Back on the Water: Signs Point to Good Spring Season for P.E.I. Lobster Harvesters
April 26, 2017 dawned on Prince Edward Island with a roar of engines as more than 1,000 boats sailed from their home ports to the, hopefully, fertile lobster grounds around the province.
The weather was ideal, a far cry improvement from some setting days in recent years, when obstacles like harbours choked with ice and dangerously high winds have made major problems for harvesters.
But there was nary a sniff of bad tidings this year as the fleet set sail for Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 24 ...
Signs Point to Positive: Harvesters Hopeful for Strong Spring Lobster Fishery in P.E.I.
By mid-April 2015 some Prince Edward Island fishermen were so anxious about the unusual ice conditions in their harbours that many grabbed their chainsaws and started trying to clear up the blockages themselves.
In the end, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) decided to delay the spring lobster season from its usual April 30 start date in the hopes that the ice would clear out naturally. The season officially opened several days later and was extended at the tail end of the season ...
Lucrative Spring Fisheries Finally Underway
Weather Created Major Delays in Starting Lobster and Crab Seasons
In the week leading up to Mother’s Day on Prince Edward Island, there seemed to be one overarching topic of conversation around the coffee shops.
Was mom going to get her traditional feed of fresh lobster?
In this part of the country, May 10 is the first big sales day of the year for fish markets. But with copious amounts of ice still clogging the North Shore, setting day kept being pushed back from its original May 1 ...