DFO rejects rock crab plan to ease lobster bait shortage

The P.E.I. government has asked for the rock crab fishery to open early to help with a lobster bait shortage, but the request has been rejected by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The province was thinking rock crab could be an alternative for lobster bait. There is a shortage of gaspereau that’s used for bait because of the flooding in New Brunswick. Provincial Fisheries Minister Robert Henderson said herring stock seems to be on the low side right now as well. The request to open the fishery early came from western Northumberland Strait fishermen. >click to read<14:05

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