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Weather delays lobster season


The first Quebec lobsters should reach the market within days
The first Quebec lobsters should reach the market within days

Staff writers

April 30, 2012 — Bad weather has delayed the start of the lobster fishing season in eastern Quebec and the Maritimes.

Lobster fishermen took off Sunday in the Gaspé
Lobster fishermen took off Sunday in the Gaspé

In eastern Quebec, the lobster fishing season began on Sunday, after a week delay caused by bad weather.

In the Maritimes, however, fishermen in New Brunswick, Prince Edward and parts of Nova Scotia will have to wait a few days before setting sail.

The beginning of the season was delayed until later this week because of strong winds in the Northumberland Strait. As a result, fishermen of Îles-de-la-Madeleine will in turn put their cages in the water on May 5 and begin fishing on May 7. The first Quebec lobsters are expected to arrive in markets in the next few days.

Quebec consumers will recognize the lobsters in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine with a tag attached to the clamp of the animal. This medallion is used to draw the birthplace of lobster and verify the conditions of handling and storage.

The lobster fishing season usually ends around June 30. 

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