Lobster season delayed because of ice conditions
DFO made the right decision to hold off, says P.E.I. Fishermen's Association
It was the right call to delay the lobster season because some harbours on the Island's north and south shores are still impassable with ice, says the P.E.I. Fishermen's Association.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada sent out the notice Thursday afternoon that fishermen won't be setting and pulling traps next Thursday, as initially planned, because of ice conditions in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.
"We've seen a lot of ice in certain areas dissipate after yesterday's rain, but there's still a ways to go, so we'll be revisiting it early next week and monitor the situation on a day-by-day basis," said Ian MacPherson, the association's executive director.
"It is only a two-month season and extensions can be granted, but they're not very frequent. So obviously, yes, everyone likes to get out on setting day and get going."
Fisheries and Oceans has not yet set a new opening date.
A conference call will be held with fishermen April 27, and Fisheries and Oceans says it will update the situation April 29.
P.E.I. fishermen say it's been almost 20 years since there was an Island-wide delay to the start of the season, according to MacPherson.
Last year, fishermen on the north shore had to wait one day before going out.