Lobster season may be delayed because of ice, snow
Lobster season in Cape Breton’s Area 27 is supposed to open Saturday
Some fishermen in Cape Breton are running into problems getting ready for lobster season as many boats are not yet in the water and some traps are still stuck in snowbanks.
The lobster season in Cape Breton’s Area 27 from — Bay St. Lawrence down to Fourchu — is supposed to open Saturday.
But many fishermen are nowhere near ready.
Fisherman Angus MacAskill is still digging his traps out of the snow and ice in Englishtown.
“I have them all stored outside and I probably have 350 of them altogether, I have some spares. I think I got 275 of them dug out of the ice, but like I say they are still half full of ice, some of the traps," he said.
The harsh winter and absence of a real spring also means boats are not getting launched.
Fisherman Merrill MacInnis of Little River said the local boat hauler is having trouble moving the boats.
He's getting stuck in the ice and mud.
"Oh yeah, he's behind a lot. Normally he would have all the boats in, four or five days before the season opens. Now, as of [Monday], he was 75 boats behind," said MacInnis.
May 10 is earlier than the historic opening in this area and this year it seems was the wrong one to push it up a week.
Harbour representatives will discuss whether to delay the opening with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans later on Wednesday.