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P.E.I.'s spring lobster season a go for Saturday

Saturday is setting day for the spring lobster season on P.E.I. — and there will likely be some lobster landed that day, too.

1,000 boats expected in the water at 6 a.m.

Lobster fishermen load traps onto their boats at Jude's Point Wharf in Tignish, P.E.I., several years ago. This year's spring catch begins Saturday. (Nathan Rochford/Canadian Press)

Saturday is setting day for the spring lobster season on P.E.I. — and there will likely be some lobster landed that day, too.

The PEI Fishermen's Association released a note to fishermen this morning after its annual conference call with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. 

The group's executive director, Ian MacPherson, said some fishermen will probably set and pull their traps that day, especially in harbours that aren't far from shore.

Traditionally, Island lobster fishermen don't fish on Sunday, so Monday could be see big landings from the two-day haul. 

Last year saw better prices than the previous year, with fishermen taking home an average of $6.50 and $6.75 a pound for their lobster.

Close to 1,000 boats will be in the water at 6 a.m. April 29 for setting day. The lobster season in fishing area 24 and 26A runs until June 29.

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