Lobster season off to rough start, weather delays

Nova Scotia fishermen who take part in the world’s biggest lobster season have been delayed by wind and hampered by storms, factors which have pushed up the price of lobster on the shore.

Shore price for lobster up to $4 a pound

The lobster catch is down as much as 40 per cent in some areas this year because of weather delays.

Nova Scotia fishermen who take part in the world's biggest lobster season have been delayed by wind and hampered by storms.

"Somebody has to speak with Mother Nature. She is not doing us any favours," said Stewart Lamont, who has a plant in Tangier.

Boats dumped their traps nearly a week late because of dangerous conditions.

The fishermen are also fighting stronger tides, which are connected to the phase of the moon.

"The catch is down in some areas by 20 to 40 per cent," said Lamont. "The tides are more vigorous than normal, we have colder water by seven or eight degrees Fahrenheit."

Fishermen say stronger tides and colder water means lobster are less likely to go after bait in traps.

"There are a lot of different factors this year that we haven’t seen in the past few," said Marc Surrette of the Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association.

The conditions have pushed up the price of a lobster up by $1 a pound, to $4.

Surrette said that's not a bad thing.

"At the end of the day, I think that is something both the harvesting side and the shore side of the industry were trying to find a way to achieve, and Mother Nature has come in and helped us with that."