Lobster season opening could be safer, say fishermen
Opening day weather important for safe fishing
The P.E.I. Fishermen's Association says there could be a better way of determining the first day of lobster fishing.
On Friday some fishermen on P.E.I.'s western shore faced high winds and choppy waters on setting day. Weather is critical for safety on setting day, because boats are heavily laden with traps.
The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans makes the final decision when to go ahead, with input from fishing groups. In this case, the decision to go ahead was made 24 hours in advance.
PEIFA and DFO officials met Monday. PEIFA manager Ian MacPherson told CBC News one change he'd like to see is a decision made closer to when the boats leave port.
"Are we all using the same sources for weather reporting, and you know, what's the timing of the last forecast? Is everybody in agreement that that's an accurate one, or has there been a significant deterioration? So there's things like that that have to be looked at," said MacPherson.
MacPherson said he doesn't know if any fishermen chose not to set their traps last Friday. DFO says ultimately it is up to fishermen whether or not they choose to go out on opening day.