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Strong winds delay start of southwest Nova Scotia lobster season


Staff writers
November 26, 2012 — Lobstermen in southwestern Nova Scotia have had to wait an extra day to set their traps.


The lobster fishery is a major employer in many Nova Scotia communities
The lobster fishery is a major employer in many Nova Scotia communities

Strong winds off Nova Scotia's southwest coast, gusting up to 50 km/h, caused Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans to delay the start of lobster season by a day.

At least one fisherman in Peggy's Cove, Graham Fralick, said he agreed with the decision.

"The guys fish off in deeper water and they load their boats heavy, and it's just very dangerous to open the season when the weather is iffy," he said.

The season was also postponed a day in 2011.

In Yarmouth, the start of the season, usually on the last Monday of November, is known as "dumping day," as fishermen depart for the open sea to "dump" hundreds of lobster traps.

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