The fall lobster season is underway off the western coast of Prince Edward Island.

Fishermen headed out at first light off of Howards Cove with their first load of traps.

Worried family members looked on from shore, reported the CBC’s Steve Bruce.

Gusts are forecast to reach 50 km/h in North Cape.

Because of the windy forecast Fisheries and Oceans Canada didn’t make the final decision to go ahead with setting day until Thursday night.

The Prince Edward Island Fishermen's Association says five of 10 Island harbours wanted to wait until Monday.

At Howards Cove some fishermen took fewer traps to lessen the load and prevent tipping or capsizing. They’ll make four trips out instead of three.

Fisheries and Oceans officials say if they thought fishermen were in danger they wouldn’t have let them go.