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Lacklustre Lobster Season Continues in Southwestern N.S.

Above: Below: The Hit n Miss 1 steams into the Falls Point wharf in Woods Harbour, N.S. during the winter lobster fishery. Kathy Johnson photos   With winter weather finally settling in, the lobster fishery in Southwestern Nova Scotia slowed to a snail’s pace in February. The winter fishery has “been pretty normal considering the way the season started,” said Tommy Amirault president of the Coldwater Lobster Association. “It started down and never really got up, but the ...

Wildfire Creates Havoc as Lobster Season Ends in Southwestern N.S.

Above: The good a nuff 1 steams into Clark’s Harbour on Cape Sable Island during the closing days of the southwestern Nova Scotia lobster fishery. Kathy Johnson photo   Things went from bad to worse for some lobster fishermen in southwestern Nova Scotia as the six-month commercial lobster season was coming to a close on May 31. For more than a week, an out-of-control wildfire raged through the heart of Shelburne County burning more than 24,000 hectares, forcing the evacuation of ...

Landings, Shore Prices, Markets Down for Southwest N.S. Lobster Fishery

Above: Donnie Smith and his daughter Chrissie fish for lobster alongside the Cape Sable Island Causeway. Kathy Johnson photo   The opening month of the lobster fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia has been a perfect storm of decreased landings, markets and prices and foul weather. “For members of the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance, the opening of the LFA 33 and 34 lobster season has been extremely challenging,” says executive director Leo Muise. “Inflation, diminished ...

Lobster Season Begins in SW Nova

With the lobster season off and running in Southwestern Nova Scotia, regulators want harvesters to be aware of the risks involved. Vessels will be loaded with traps and gear, increasing the risk of an accident, especially in inclement weather. “Boarding boats in the cold and dark, at the mercy of the weather and the sea, makes fishing dangerous work. Safety is a crucial priority,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Steve Craig. “One tragedy is one too many, so we urge ...

SWNS Lobster Fishery in Winter Crawl Mode

Above: The Zena Marie steams by as crates of lobster are being offloaded from the fishing vessel Big Jim at the Falls Point wharf in Woods Harbour. Kathy Johnson photos   Another North Atlantic winter has set in and the water temperatures have dropped, as have the catches in the southwest Nova Scotia lobster fishery going into February. “The last week or so it’s come in cold. The catches have dropped down quite a bit in the last week,” said Lockeport lobster buyer Mike ...

Lobster Season Off and Running in SW Nova Scotia

Above: Lobster fishing boats leave the Falls Point wharf in Woods Harbour loaded with gear on Dec. 1 marking the start of the LFA 34 fishery. Kathy Johnson photo   Strong winds and record-setting shore prices prevailed during the opening month of the commercial lobster fishery in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34. The season opening was delayed by two days until Dec. 1 due to high winds. A record-setting opening shore price of $10/pound increased to the $11 range prior to ...

Harvesters Hoping Spring Lobster Fishing Will Soon Ramp Up in SW Nova

Coronavirus Fears Starting to Negatively Impact Industry Above: Lonnie Snow photo   Lobster fishing boats in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 will soon be back at it in earnest for the final three months of the six-month season that ends on May 31. Foul weather has played a major factor in the opening months of the fishery. “We had some of the worst weather in the first two and half weeks of the season than we’ve had in quite a while,” said Bernie Barry, ...

New Study Outlines Good News for Future SW Nova Lobster Habitat

Above: Lonnie Snow photo Overall projected changes in offshore lobster habitat for the region, as a whole, appear to be positive. However, changes in resource management need to be considered to promote the long-term sustainability of the fishery in Nova Scotia, according to the findings of a new study published this fall in Frontiers in Marine Science. The study was a collaboration between researchers at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Bedford Institute of Oceanography ...

Night and Day Difference Between Lobster Fishing in P.E.I. and S.W. Nova Scotia

In Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, Jesse Bell is captain of his own 43-foot wooden lobster fishing boat, How Boat That. However, for a few months for the past four winters, he has found himself back aft on lobster boats in southwestern Nova Scotia, working in a fishery that is as different as “night and day” as the one back home in P.E.I. Like many Maritimers, Bell grew up in a fishing family, spending a day here and there out fishing with his father. By the time he was 14 or ...

Two Names But One of a Kind

Nova Scotia’s Legendary Fisheries Journalist is Gone You know that someone with two sets of names, both first and last, was bound to be an interesting person and the man we spelled as “Alain Meuse” was more than just interesting — there was no one quite like him. Allen Muise, as he was officially named, passed away on August 5, 2017 and his loss leaves a huge gap in fisheries journalism in southwest Nova Scotia. For us at the Navigator his passing means the loss of a colleague. ...