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Cape Breton lobster season shows signs of a good future in the industry

Lobster fishermen say they not only had a great season this year but also got a glimpse into a great future for the local industry. “We saw lots of undersized lobster and lots that were spawning, “ said Herb Nash, president of the Glace Bay Harbour Authority and president of the 4VN Groundfish Management Society. “You’d catch 10 or 12 lobsters and have to put all of them back but two or three as they’d be spawning or undersized. That’s a good sign for the future. If you don’t have them you don’t have a future. It was really good.” Nash said despite the season getting off to a rocky start when it first opened this was one of the best seasons yet. click here to read the story 11:41

Eastern Cape Breton lobster season looking good despite rough start

Rough weather delayed the opening of the lobster fishing season off eastern Cape Breton and a nasty spring storm three days later destroyed hundreds of traps up and down the island’s Atlantic coast. Despite those setbacks and the financial cost of replacing traps that can cost up to $100 or more apiece, fishermen are likely to have a profitable season by the time it ends on July 17 thanks to high landings and fair prices, said Herb Nash, a lobster fisherman out of Glace Bay. “After the first week and a half and we got straightened away, the season has really been excellent,” he told Local Xpress. “It’s one of the best seasons ever.” The lobster season in eastern Cape Breton waters normally runs May 15 to July 15, but after two days of stormy weather at the beginning delayed the opening, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans agreed to extend the fishery the same amount. However, strong winds and heavy rains May 20 kept boats tied up and left beaches along the coast littered with traps, many containing lobsters that were unsalvageable. click here to read the story 12:11

Donated, discounted traps going to lobster fishermen whose gear was destroyed

People in Cape Breton are rallying to help lobster fishermen after stormy seas drove traps onto the rocks over the weekend, destroying expensive gear and killing crustaceans. The weather station on St. Paul Island reported a northwest peak wind gust of 93 km/h. Bay St. Lawrence and Smelt Brook were especially hard hit. Stephen Bornais, a spokesperson for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, said the number of destroyed lobster traps is in the thousands. He expected to have more concrete numbers later this week. Osborne Burke, manager of Victoria Co-operative Fisheries in New Haven, said some fishermen lost as many as 150 of their 275 traps. Burke spent Tuesday trying to round up replacement traps. click here to read the story 08:00

Rough seas destroy traps, kill lobster in Cape Breton

The lobster season along some parts of the eastern shore of Cape Breton has taken a devastating turn after getting off to a good start last week. Rough seas caused by heavy north winds damaged hundreds of traps, washing many ashore, according to people in the industry. “It was unreal,” said Glace Bay fisherman Herb Nash, who described it as the worst destruction of fishing gear he has witnessed since the 1970s. He was particularly upset by what he saw along the shoreline between Donkin and Port Morien. “When we walked the beach there were all kinds of spawning lobsters dead on the beach, lobsters broke apart,” he said. click here to read the story 21:34

Lobster season off to excellent start in eastern Cape Breton

The opening day of lobster season along the eastern side of Cape Breton is being described as perfect. “So far, so good,” said Merrill MacInnis, who fishes out of Little River Harbour along the North Shore. “Hopefully the conditions will stay great, that’s the big thing. It all depends on the weather.” The season in Area 27, which extends from Bay St. Lawrence down to Forchu, was delayed this year due to bad weather. It was to have opened on Saturday, but fishermen didn’t set their traps until Wednesday. They hauled them the next day. Click here to read the story 18:58

Lobster season delayed in Cape Breton by weather

Fishermen from Bay St. Lawrence to Gabarus have caught a couple extra days to prepare for lobster fishing season. Herb Nash of Glace Bay, a fisherman and president of the 4Vn Management Board Association, said opening day for Area 27 was May 15 but was postponed until Wednesday at 5 a.m. He said it the decision came from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the harbour representatives due to high winds in the forecast. “They will be adding the two days to the end,” he said. “The fishermen don’t mind the cancellation because of the forecast — they can’t set traps in that weather anyway.” Click here to read the story 11:39

Compensation coming for lobster fishermen sidelined by Maritime Link work

The company behind the Maritime Link has agreed to compensation for a group of 60 Cape Breton lobster and crab fishermen affected by the project this season. Work began last month on installing one of two 170-kilometre cables that will eventually cross the ocean floor between Cape Ray, N.L., and Point Aconi, N.S.  At landfall in Cape Breton, cable laying and other offshore construction activity will close a three-kilometre-long and 600-metre-wide swath of ocean bottom to lobster fishing for the entire 2017 lobster season. “Emera needs a safety installation zone that remains clear of all fishing gear and that’s particularly important during the summer cable landing,” said Jeff Myrick, senior communications manager with Emera Newfoundland and Labrador, a subsidiary of Halifax-based Emera Inc. Terms of the compensation deal reached with the fishermen are not being released, he said.,, ‘Only reasonable’ to expect compensation click here to read the story 12:12

Proposed Cape Breton Trough Marine Protected Area – Fishermen left in the dark

Cape Breton fishermen are concerned that a proposed Marine Protected Area (MPA) off the western coast of the island could result in the closure of the local snow crab fishery. Bill MacDonald, a fisherman for three decades in the region and member of the Area 19 Snow Crab Fisherman’s Association, told the Chronicle Herald the association became aware the government was considering creating an MPA in the fishing region during a meeting with DFO officials last month, but said there’s been no additional information provided since. Because of fishing regulations in other MPAs, MacDonald said he has concerns the $70 million lobster and snow crab fishery that has supported the small coastal region for many generations could be at risk. MPAs are federally designated areas where human activity is limited in order to protect sensitive ecosystems and at-risk species. MacDonald said the association has been left in the dark, not only about the implications for the crab and lobster fishery in the area, but also about why the area is being considered at all. Read the story here 10:10

Victoria Co. snow crab fishermen could be hit hardest by quota cuts

Crab traps wait on the wharf at Glace BaySnow crab fishermen in the waters off Cape Breton are preparing for a leaner season this year, with quota cuts approved or proposed in both the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean. While most fishermen know the fishery is cyclical and they need to take fewer crab when the stock is low, those in Crab Fishing Areas 20 to 22 – which covers the Atlantic side of the island, along the Cabot Trail from Glace Bay to Bay St. Lawrence – are facing a steep cut that could be as high as 45 per cent. What’s more, the subsea cable for the Maritime Link,,  Read the article here 17:14

Cape Breton lobster fisherman who died Monday lost his own father to the sea

The Cape Breton lobster fisherman who died Monday in a fishing accident off the coast of southwestern Nova Scotia was the son of a fisherman who was also killed at sea, according to his great-uncle. Keith Stubbert, 53, was setting lobster traps on the Cockawit Lady when he fell overboard Monday on the first day of the area’s lucrative lobster season. Stubbert was from a family of fishermen, his great-uncle, Emerson Stubbert, told CBC on Tuesday. His father, Edward Stubbert, also died while lobster fishing. Sadly, Read the article here 17:34

Cape Breton lobster fisherman dies after falling overboard

A lobster fisherman died in hospital after falling overboard southwest of Yarmouth on Monday morning. Two others were safely pulled from the water after they went in the water from another boat in the area, marking a tragic start to the lobster season. He fell from the Cock-A-Wit Lady sometime before 9 a.m. Shortly before that incident, two other people went into the water in the same area off a boat called Nomada Queen I. Read the article here 17:50

Cape Breton energy plans worry fishermen

Although no oil and gas activity is expected in Cape Breton waters in the foreseeable future, fishermen say they have concerns about their livelihood and the future of their communities if petroleum exploration begins in the area. “I’m certainly concerned,” said Merrill MacInnis, a crab and lobster fisherman from Jersey Cove, near Englishtown, Victoria County.“We all are. Fishing is the lifeline of our rural communities here. “It could jeopardize our livelihoods, this whole thing, and maybe we should try and put a moratorium in like they’ve got in Georges Bank,,, Read the article here 09:39

Right whales have Cape Breton Whelk fishermen on hold.

One Cape Breton fisherman says concern over changing migration patterns of endangered right whales are already having an impact on his ability to earn a living. Derrick Wadden, a multi-species fisherman, said he invested more than $7,000 this year in ropes and custom-made traps for whelk, a large, undersea snail, in hopes of going fishing this month. Fisheries and Oceans Canada had indicated fishing conditions for whelk licences would be issued at the beginning of September, he said, but the conditions have been delayed due to concern about the potential for right whales to get tangled in gear. Read the rest here 14:56

Nobody wants to answer the phone when a whale corpse needs to be removed

Dead whale is the kind of stink you never forget. Dwayne MacDonald has smelled it, and he doesn’t want to inflict its lingering aromas on his fellow Cape Bretoners.  “This is something that happens every year,” he said. “It’s not a major shock when a whale washes up in Inverness County.” He’s the councillor for the area, and has heard about three dead whales in the last week.  “Every year, the same process starts where a resident calls around to different levels of government and says, ‘How do we handle this?’ And they pass the buck to the next person down the line.” Read the rest here 08:32

Lobster season begins on the North Shore and in Cape Breton

empty wharf cape bretonTraps are being prepared and loaded onto boats by fisherman in northern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton for the first day of their lobster season. “Feels great to get back at ‘er,” says Colin MacDonald.   At Ballantynes Cove, 20 minutes north of Antigonish, around a dozen fishermen like MacDonald were up before 5 a.m. getting ready. Read the rest here  11:55

Lobster fishermen look to fill local plates, including selling their catch off their boats

roy payzant 91 year old fishermanThere are no official numbers as to how many people buy at local wharfs, although Brzeski believes fishermen do stand to benefit from people’s buy-local preferences. “People are starting to think about that: if I sell my lobsters directly to the consumers, it’s fresher, it’s better, maybe I can make a little bit more and become a little bit independent of the buyers that are trying to keep the prices as low as they can. Read the rest here 22:10

Cape Breton: millions of dollars of the crustacean being held in live storage, fishermen are expected to tie up boats

Cape Breton Lobster Glut“I haven’t seen this happen before in my time. There is that many lobster that we can’t even get crates to hold them,” Kennedy said. “I’d say that for just myself, I’m probably sitting on about $1.7 million worth of lobster. I wouldn’t be shy to say there there is $10 to $12 million in lobsters floating right now in Cape Breton. Buyers have them bought, but can’t sell them.” Read more here  23:27

Lobster season in eastern Cape Breton launches today

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2Setting day for about 540 fishermen was supposed to be Saturday, but because a lot of fishermen weren’t ready, it was decided to set a few days later. Some fishermen were still waiting to get their boats launched and others were digging traps out of ice and snow. Read more here  17:22

Cape Breton Premium Seafoods plant destroyed by fire

Edgar Samson, president of Premium Seafoods Group, said he was saddened by the loss of the groundfish facility and retail market. He said the facility employed 60 to 70 people. The company has two other facilities that were not damaged. [email protected]  06:00

Cape Breton’s bright orange lobsters surprise fish market

Chris Field, the manager at the Fisherman’s Market, said he’s never seen anything like it. “Today we’ve got 35 new additions to our pet tank. These are all orange lobsters that came from Cape Breton. The odds of that are pretty, pretty remote.” [email protected]

N.S. fishermen say EI repayment crackdown unfair

Fishermen in a small Cape Breton community say the latest crackdown on Employment Insurance is casting a dark cloud over their community.    [email protected]CBC_News_logo

Lobster Glut – Cape Breton plants struggle to handle extra lobster

Record landings along parts of the Cape Breton coast have resulted in a backlog of lobster. As a result, large buyers in Area 26B, from Pleasant Bay to the Canso Causeway, won’t be buying on Saturday, while they attempt to get rid of some of the backlog. continued

The Blessing of the Fleet: Cape Breton fishermen pray as lobster season begins

Nova Scotia lobster fishermen and their families gathered on their boats in Main-a-Dieu on Sunday for the annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony. “Protect our fishers during this fishing season and give them a bountiful catch,” Father Savarimuthu Rajasekar prayed. The ceremony is a tradition in many fishing communities. continued