Captains and crews in Lobster Fishing Area 33 will be joining their LFA 34 brothers and sisters in delaying the start of the fall fishery.
After a conference call Friday afternoon a decision was made to delay the season for LFA 33 until Wednesday, Nov. 26 due to high winds and rough seas in the forecast. A decision to delay the season for LFA 34 was made earlier in the day.
The season had been scheduled to open on Monday, Nov. 24.
A weather conference call involved DFO, lobster port reps, Environment Canada, Coast Guard officials, and others.
DFO Area Manager Frank Quinn said another conference call would be held on Monday morning to consider if a longer delay may be needed.
Last year strong winds delayed the start of the season by six days.
Safety is a paramount concern for the opening of the fishery – also known as dumping day – as fishermen depart wharfs before daylight, with their vessels loaded down with hundreds of traps.
Because of this the opening day of the fishery is seen as one of the most risky, given the potential for vessel breakdowns and sinkings.
Catches during last year’s lobster fishery were very high and fishermen are hoping for the same this year. The economy in southwestern Nova Scotia is heavily dependent on the success of the season.
On Sunday Nov. 23 the Sport and Recreation Equipment Swap will be held from 9 a.m.-12 noon at the Shelburne Community Centre. There will be a wide variety of gently used sport and recreation equipment to select from. If people have any sports or recreation equipment that they do not use anymore or that doesn’t fit, it can be donated to the equipment swap by dropping it off at the Municipality of Shelburne office (136 Hammond St.) by Nov. 21.
People will receive a ticket in exchange for the equipment donation that they can use to redeem for new-to-you equipment on Nov. 23 at the Shelburne Community Centre. Don’t have anything to exchange, but are looking for something? Come out on Nov.23 and you can purchase equipment with a donation to the Kids Fair Play FUNd. The Kids Fair Play FUNd helps to provide opportunities for all kids in Shelburne County to participate in sport, recreation and cultural activities. For more information contact Lisa Landry, Physical Activity & Community School Coordinator at 902-875-2831 or email@example.com.