Setting gear taking longer than normal on breezy morning

Eric McCarthy
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CAPE WOLFE -- Howards Cove fishermen returning to port for their second load today, setting day for the fall lobster fishery in Lobster Fishing Area 25, described conditions on the water as nasty. Some were shaking their heads that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans had not delayed the opening.

The department had given consideration to a delay during a Thursday morning conference call, but with Environment Canada forecasting light winds for Friday morning and more port representatives in favour of a Friday opening than opposed to it, the Department opted to leave the season as scheduled.

“Environment Canada got it wrong,” Shelton Barlow remarked as he and his crew went about loading his boat for a second load. He had already decided to set his traps in three loads instead of two and subsequently opted to do so in four trips, just to be safe.

Tony Clements, who was hoping the wind had peaked at around 25 kilometers per hour, said he planned to take the rest of his gear on his second load.

Miminegash boats were generating huge spray as they crashed through the seas sailing past Howard’s Cove heading home for their second load. 

Organizations: Environment Canada

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