North Shore lobster fishermen to set traps 1 day later
Wind could cause problems with heavy gear and workers on boats, says fishermen's association
The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans approved the request Monday afternoon.
The consensus among fishermen is that waiting a day would be safer because of weather conditions, says Mike McGeoghegan, president of the P.E.I. Fishermen's Association.
"It's wind mostly right now. They do have some ice off Naufrage, but they're not really worried about it that much right now," said McGeoghegan.
"You have a full load of gear on the boat and then you have helpers on that boat and you have to be careful that you don't get swamped. That's the thing, boats sit lower in the water and you can get into more problems with that gear on board."
Delaying the opening will cut into fishing time. DFO says the season will still close June 30 because of the start of the lobster moult — a process by which lobsters shed their shells in order to grow.
DFO says P.E.I. fishermen in LFA 26A, from Pinette to Souris on the south shore, will still set Wednesday, so some lobster will be landed May 1.