Lobster season ends
Fishermen must remove traps today from Gabarus to Bay St. Lawrence.
With rain in today’s forecast, lobster fisherman George Popovich had a push on to get his traps out of the water.
It usually takes about two days to get all the gear in, but Popovich and his crew of Josh Young and Paul Harrietha took advantage of Tuesday’s favourable weather conditions to haul everything out of the water.
“The season ends today anyway, so rather than have to deal with the possibility of dirty weather, I wanted to get my traps and lines in,” Popovich said.
“I wanted everything in, off the wharf and in the yard. It’s safer to haul traps when the weather is favourable.”
It was a good season for Popovich and his crew, who fish out of Alder Point government wharf.
Harrietha was busy unloading traps and buoys off the deck of the Steve’ N Ash.
“It was good, I like working outdoors,” said Harrietha of his first season of lobster fishing.
Looking back on the 62-day lobster fishing season, Popovich said it was fairly uneventful.
“Overall, we had very good weather and we only lost a few traps.”
Popovich has been lobster fishing for 22 years.
“I love it, fishing gets in your blood,” he said. “I’ll take some time off for sure and then we'll start getting ready for next season.”
The daily catch is a guarded secret, most fishermen don’t even tell each other their catch totals.
According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the preliminary 2015 information for landings and landed values for lobster fishing area 27 should be available next season, once the fishers logbooks are received and analyzed by DFO.
Lobster fishing area 27, which runs from Gabarus to Bay St. Lawrence, has in excess of 500 li- cences.
It was a difficult start to the season for many fishermen in area 27, especially those in northern Cape Breton.
For some, like lobster fisherman Merrill MacInnis of Englishtown, it was the worst conditions he'd seen in more than two decades.
In late April, harbours were still packed with ice and yards were full of snow or mud.
Fortunately, fishermen were able to get out by the start of the season on May 15.
There were delays in the 2015 season for lobster fishing areas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which includes the western side of Cape Breton, P.E.I. and New Brunswick.
Skipper George Popovich and crew member Josh Young pile traps on the wharf. In back crew member Paul Harrietha was busy unloading buoys and traps off the lobster fishing boat Steve ‘ N Ash. The lobster season has ended in area 27.
Today is the final day for fishing in area 27. Skipper Cindy LeBlanc gets some help from her brother Ron LeBlanc unloading traps off her boat the Cindy Lee 3 at the Ballast Grounds in North Sydney.
Skipper George Popovich, centre, and his crew member Paul Harrietha unload traps from the lobster fishing boat Steve' N Ash, docked at the Alder Point government wharf.
With the end of the 2015 lobster season in area 27, boats could be seen along the waters off Cape Breton including here in Point Aconi, unloading traps.
Over the past couple of days, traps could be seen piled on wharfs in coastal communities on Cape Breton Island including the government wharf in Alder Point. Fishing in lobster fishing area 27, from Gabarus to Bay St. Lawrence, ended today.