Lob­ster sea­son now un­der­way

As­sis­tance pro­vided to some crews dur­ing open­ing days


As they say, bet­ter late than never.

The lob­ster sea­son in south­west­ern Nova Sco­tia fi­nally got un­der­way this past Satur­day, six days later than it should have due to de­lays caused by the weather that pushed the sea­son’s start well back from Mon­day, Nov. 26.

The weather for the Dec. 1 dump­ing day was quite favourable, although it was less favourable Sun­day evening for boats still out on the wa­ter. Fish­er­men were per­mit­ted to start haul­ing their traps at 12:01 a.m. on Sun­day, Dec. 2. The early anec­do­tal in­for­ma­tion was that catches and land­ings were down, although ob­vi­ously it is very early in the sea­son.

There were some in­ci­dents in­volv­ing ves­sels in the open­ing days of the sea­son.

In LFA 33 along the south shore of the prov­ince, a ves­sel sank off Hack­ett’s Cove on dump­ing day morn­ing. The four crew, who were wear­ing PFDs, were res­cued from the wa­ter and con­firmed to be safe.

A dis­abled fish­ing ves­sel was also towed into Clark’s Har­bour af­ter re­port­ing its en­gine had failed and it was tak­ing on wa­ter near Green Is­land.

On Sun­day the Joint Res­cue Co­or­di­na­tion Cen­tre (JRCC) said a dis­abled fish­ing ves­sel was be­ing towed to Yar­mouth af­ter it caught fire about 15 nau­ti­cal miles west of Yar­mouth. The fire was ex­tin­guished and the crew was safe, said the JRCC. In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent in Sun­day, the JRCC co­or­di­nated the me­davac of a pa­tient from a lob­ster boat ap­prox­i­mately 35 nau­ti­cal miles south of Yar­mouth. It was not known at our press time what the con­di­tion of that per­son was, nor did we have in­for­ma­tion on the names of the ves­sels in­volved in the in­ci­dents on Sun­day.

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