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Lobster boats in Yarmouth Bar on the morning of Dumping Day. (Acadia News Photo)

Price Of Lobster Up From Start Of Season In Southwestern N.S.

By Kevin Northup Feb 13, 2023 | 6:00 AM

Higher prices, inflation and brutal weather has been the story of the fall lobster fishery so far.

Over two months into the season in LFA 33 and 34 in Southwestern Nova Scotia, and fishers are getting 13 dollars a pound for their catch.

That’s up from six dollars at the start of the year.

Dan Fleck with the Brazil Rock 33/34 Lobster Association says the demand is there.

“The quantity might not be as high as it has been in the past, it’s dropped off over the last four to five years from record highs,” says Fleck.

He says they won’t have a full picture of catch rates until the season ends on May 31st.

Fleck says finding bait has also been difficult.

“Bait has still and will be a challenge. The mackerel fishery remains closed, and the herring quotas won’t be available until spring. Now when you go to buy a lobster trap, it’s close to 300-dollars.”

Fleck says windy weather has left good fishing days few and far between.

The area experienced tragedy when a 27-year old fisher was lost to the sea off Clark’s Harbour in December.

Fleck says the association is researching emergency locator beacons that could aid in future incidents.


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