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Malpeque Harbour channel opened in time for setting day

Calm conditions greeted fishermen Friday morning as they set out through Alberton Harbour towards the sunrise on the first day of Prince Edward Island’s spring lobster fishery. The scene was similar at harbours all along the Island’s north shore.
Calm conditions greeted fishermen Friday morning as they set out through Alberton Harbour towards the sunrise on the first day of Prince Edward Island’s spring lobster fishery. The scene was similar at harbours all along the Island’s north shore. - Eric McCarthy
MALPEQUE, P.E.I. —

The dredger working at Malpeque Harbour has successfully cleared a path large enough to allow the passage of lobster boats.

The Malpeque Harbour Authority reported as of Wednesday, the channel had been cleared enough to allow boats through. The dredger is still on site working to widen the path.

The harbour channel saw its worst infilling ever this past winter.

Captains with boats moored at the harbour had been concerned they would be unable to get out in time to join setting day, which had been scheduled for April 29.

However, a series of exceedingly windy days delayed setting day May 3, meaning Malpeque fishermen were able to join their colleagues on the first fishing day of the season.

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