Northumberland lobster season ends Saturday
Fishermen say procedures to increase yield have paid off
A better than usual lobster season along the Northumberland Strait will end Saturday.
Ron Heighton of the Northumberland Fisheries Association said a combination of licence buyouts, conservation, fishing fewer traps and seeding the lobster grounds are paying off.
He said hopefully that means a more lucrative fishery in years to come.
"We had the poorest catches in this local area for many years and this year some of us will be up as high as 25 per cent over last year," Heighton said, "So that's a big increase."
He said he is hoping that world economies will improve, which would help get fishermen a better price.
A pound of lobster costs about $4.75 to $5, that's up 20 per cent since the season started May 1.
Fisherman Charles Elliott said that it was a better year but the price for bait and fuel continues to rise.
"The catch was up but it costs too much to fish them," he said.
Although some large lobsters were caught this season, fishermen said they also saw a lot of smaller lobster.
For the past six years the lobster grounds have been seeded and now those lobsters are reaching market size.
At Cape John, Dave Dwyer said the fishery is looking better in his region as well.
"They were getting a little bit more than us elsewhere, but a bit better than last year," Dwyer said.