Nova Scotia

Lobster glut leaves Cape Breton fishermen docked

Lobster buyers on the eastern side of Cape Breton say they can't buy any more lobster Thursday and possibly Friday because of a huge haul this year.

Boats in Port-Morien-False Bay tied up as producers announce they're not buying

Lobster buyers on the eastern side of Cape Breton say they can’t buy any more lobster Thursday and possibly Friday because of a huge haul this year.

In the Port Morien-False Bay area, about 50 fishermen tied up their boats in response to the glut, said Chris MacDonald, the port rep.

He said the fishermen are waiting for the producers to work through this year’s catch.

"They have all their pounds tied up and they have lobster floating in the harbours," he said. "They‘re just running out of space and crates and they can’t move it quick enough."

The fishermen in the area will meet Thursday night to decide their next move.

The oversupply is also affecting other ports in Cape Breton.

In the Cheticamp area, fishermen will stay in port Friday because the buyers aren't buying.

Lobster fisherman Leonard Leblanc said the glut of lobster, coupled with low prices, has made this the most frustrating season in years.