Maritime Link project will close stretch of lobster grounds for entire season

Cable laying and other offshore construction activity for the Maritime Link landfall at Cape Breton will close a three-kilometre long and 600-metre wide swath of ocean bottom to lobster fishing for the entire 2017 lobster season. Negotiations are underway to compensate fishermen from ports in Point Aconi, Big Bras d’Or and Alder Point. “We’re trying to work with them because we’re going to be laying the cable basically through their … lobster-harvesting zone next summer,” said Rene Gallant of NSP Maritime Link Inc. in a December update on the project. Ray Larkin, a lawyer representing the fishermen, said in an email that it’s premature to estimate the amount of compensation for lost landings and “any adverse environmental effects on lobster harvesting during the 2017 construction and during the eventual operation of the .” Read the story here 12:42