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FILE PHOTO: Captain Josh Clory, right, unloads a catch.
ALBERTON -- With Hurricane Bertha expected to stay clear of the Maritimes this week, the president of the Prince County Fishermen’s Association said Friday, August 8 still remains the opening date for the fall lobster season.
Lee Knox said there has been some speculation among fishermen that the season might get delayed but, so far, the wind finder is forecasting winds only in the eight to 11 knots range for Friday and Saturday.
If that prediction holds true, Knox said, the weather should not affect a Friday opening. Boats are set to head out of ports on both sides of Northumberland Strait, mainly from P.E.I. and New Brunswick and some from Nova Scotia, at 6 a.m. Friday.
A spokesman with Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Moncton said he has heard speculation of a possible delay but so far there has been no decision to delay.
The August 8 opening date is one day earlier than normal for the fall fishery. Fishermen had actually requested a Thursday opening as a means of taking some pressure off processors. They were granted only a one-day advance.
With a Friday opening, a large catch is anticipated for Saturday, but processors will have Sunday to catch up before fishermen return to the water on Monday to fish a two-day set.