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2019 spring lobster fishery opens – finally

Boats left the wharf in Northport en masse Friday morning, May 3, with their first loads of lobster traps.

The scene was similar at harbours all along the Island’s north shore as P.E.I.’s spring lobster fishery opened at 6 a.m., after being delayed four times since Monday, due to windy conditions across the region.

There are 601 lobster fishermen in Lobster Fishing Area 24, which takes in all of the Island’s north shore.  There are 359 P.E.I. boats fish in LFA 26A, the southeastern end of the Northumberland Strait, which is shared with fishermen from Nova Scotia.

P.E.I. fishermen from Victoria to Point Prim normally set a week later than the rest of their spring counterparts. A conference today will determine whether they will set Monday as planned. 

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