A new lobster fishing season begins in the Maritimes

Fishing in the waters between New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia runs until October 12. This is area 25 defined by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

The season opener was scheduled to take place on August 9, but was postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions.

In Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick, Marc-Antoine Gauvin is beginning his third fishing season.

Ah, it’s a little stressful, but it’s a good stress, I would say. Me, I can’t wait for my cages to be in the water. The fishing has been postponed, it’s been two days already. Then, for us, the best time for fishing is the beginning. When we lose days at the beginning, they are days that we cannot make up for at the endsays Mr. Gauvin.

He also expressed hope for a good season with plenty of lobster, good weather and a good price for his catch.

We had a good year, last year, but it can’t always be good every year. I quite like lobster, I’ll catch it anyway if the price isn’t good. That ain’t gonna stop meadds Marc-Antoine Gauvin.

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The fishermen were only waiting for the time of departure to set sail.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Oceane Doucet

Robert Gallant, a fisherman in Cap-Egmont, Prince Edward Island, expects a big catch this year, but the outlook for the lobster market worries him.

The price of lobster will be lower and the cost to fish will be highersays Robert Gallant.

With an inflation rate of 10.9% last June in Prince Edward Island, the lobster industry is suffering from higher prices for equipment, bait and fuel, explains he.

The price of diesel used in this industry exceeds $1.85 per liter on the island. It doesn’t matter how much it costs! Everything is expensive! Fuel will cost double compared to last yearlaments Gérald Arsenault, another fisherman from Prince Edward Island.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans reports that Area 25 currently has 477 lobster fishing licenses in New Brunswick, 225 in Prince Edward Island and 16 in Nova Scotia for a total of 718 fishermen.

Lobster is the most lucrative fishery in Canada. Canada’s export value of this crustacean was over $3.2 billion in 2021.

We fish [parce] we like to fish. We hope there won’t be a big storm. We are happyconcludes Robert Gallant.

With information from Océane Doucet, Gabrielle Drummond and Pierre Philippe LeBlanc

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