They're off: Lobster season gets underway in southwestern Nova Scotia

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SHELBURNE -Another commercial lobster season is underway and many in the region are hoping for a good one.

The lobster season in lobster fishing area (LFA) 34 – which takes in all of Yarmouth County and parts of Shelburne and Digby counties and LFA 33, which takes in the rest of the South Shore, kicked off early Monday morning.

All indications are that the season will be an excellent one, say industry representatives and are hoping strong prices and good catches

Opening day is also known as dumping day. It’s the day that captains and their crews leave wharfs at 6 a.m. in LFA34 and 7 a.m. in LFA 33 to dump their traps at sea.

There are around 980 licence holders in LFA 34.

When it comes to lobster landings in southwestern Nova Scotia, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans says preliminary figures show that during the 2014-2015 LFA 34 season, there was 22,452,477 (round) kilograms of lobster landed, or 22,452 tonnes.  The landed value was $285,137,865.

Another thing that has happened since the last commercial lobster fishery came to a close is the release of Fishing Safety Now – a plan aimed at making Nova Scotia’s commercial fishing industry safer.

Fishing Safety Now is a plan developed by the Safe at Sea Alliance – a group of fishermen, family members, industry, safety organizations, community leaders, and government. The plan includes several recommendations to help improve safety and continues to be worked on and implemented.

As for the lobster season that is now getting underway, it will come to an end on May 31, 2016.

Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Sea Alliance

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Yarmouth County, Shelburne Digby South Shore LFA34

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