A crowd of spectators gathered at the end of the wharf in Northport Friday morning to watch as Alberton Harbour’s fleet of lobster boats set out under a clear sky and in calm conditions. Prince Edward Island’s spring lobster fishery opened at 6 o’clock after being delayed four times due to wind conditions.
There are 601 lobster fishermen in Lobster Fishing Area 24, which takes in all of Prince Edward Island’s north shore, and 359 Prince Edward Island 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 call on Saturday will determine whether they set Monday as planned.
Prince Edward Island's spring fishermen landed approximately 29.2 million pounds of lobster last year.