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''Dumping Day'' marks the start of lobster season in Nova Scotia


A lobster boat loaded with traps outside of Bridgewater, NS
A lobster boat loaded with traps outside of Bridgewater, NS

Cheryl Santa Maria, staff writer

November 29, 2011 — Lobster season is underway in Nova Scotia, following a 24-hour delay.

Small lobsters and females carrying eggs are returned to the water
Small lobsters and females carrying eggs are returned to the water

It's an annual tradition in Nova Scotia, and Tuesday morning's “Dumping Day” celebrations went off without a hitch - despite a short delay.

Brisk offshore winds Monday morning put the event on hold for 24 hours, but by Tuesday the conditions had calmed enough for fishermen to leave their ports.

In the early hours of the morning, more than 1,300 lobster boats from the Eastern Passage, the South Shore and Digby began to set their traps in the ocean.

The fishermen will begin hauling their catch after midnight.

This year lobster prices are expected to fetch between $3.00 and $3.50 a pound, down from last season, when prices hovered at the $5.00 per pound mark.

Each boat contains between 250 and 375 traps, which are capable of holding several lobsters apiece.

But despite all the fishing, there are plenty of crustaceans in the sea. It's estimated that only 10% of the lobsters that encounter a trap actually enter it. Of that, about 4% are released back into the sea.

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