Setting day for north side lobster fishermen; south siders began April 30

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Lobster season was originally scheduled to open Wednesday for all Island fishermen but was delayed a day on the North Shore due to a forecast of windy conditions

Chancie Cole tweeted The Guardian this photo of lobster boats from Yankee Hill May 1. View the original photo here:

ALBERTON — Prince Edward Island’s south shore lobster fishermen were met with sunshine and calm conditions as they set their traps on Wednesday.

It was also perfect weather conditions for North Shore fishermen who loaded their boats with baited traps in preparation for today's start of their spring lobster season.

The season was originally scheduled to open Wednesday for all Island fishermen but was delayed a day on the North Shore due to a forecast of windy conditions.

“I think we made the right decision,” said Western Gulf Fishermen’s Association president Craig Avery about the industry decision to delay the opening a day.

He acknowledged fishermen likely could have gotten out but there would have been quite a swell on at the mouths of some harbours, making for dangerous conditions.

Most fishermen in the eastern end of P.E.I. were able to set as scheduled Wednesday. The exception are fishermen from Point Prim to Victoria who typically set a week later. Their season runs from May 7 to July 7.

The season for the rest of the Island ends on June 30.

Last year, fishermen headed out for the spring season amid expectations of improved prices only to see the shore price take a dive, a situation that led to a tie-up of fishing boats and spawned two reports and a summit on the state of the lobster fishery.

Despite demands in the industry for a price to be set before fishermen set their gear this year, that still has not happened.

Avery suggested Wednesday optimism of better prices is even higher this year than last.

“There seems to be a good demand,” he said, adding some buyers have expressed an interest in taking on more boats.

Avery said buyers are also suggesting the stronger U.S. dollar should help move the price up.

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, North Shore, Western Gulf Fishermen Victoria U.S.

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  • Craig
    May 01, 2014 - 18:33

    Less fishermen ! Less lobster! Higher demand! Higher prices! It's not rocket science ! If fishermen cannot make enough money fishing it's time to move on to a new job where you can make ends meet! The public is tired of hearing the complaints every few days on compass and in the paper.

  • rob
    May 01, 2014 - 15:55

    the count down is on for more bickering and complaining,,,,wait for it!

  • So Much 4 Last Year
    May 01, 2014 - 15:41

    Well so much for the Fisherman staying off the water until there was a set price,this has been the way and always will be. The strike last year was a joke and only hurt themselves. Welcome to the $ 3 dollar canner and $ 3.50 market if lucky.

  • Jimmy Buffet
    May 01, 2014 - 13:08

    On the front page of the Guardian Thursday it stated fishermen needed $3 to break even, that should be $4, unless of course you were only speaking of those landing thirty to fifty thousand pounds on the north side .