High winds delay the start of Nova Scotia's lobster season for the third year in a row


Digital writers

Monday, November 25, 2013, 5:56 PM -

Good news for lobsters, bad news for fishermen.

High winds from Halifax to Digby, Nova Scotia have put lobster season on hold in some places.

The start of the season, which is referred to as Dumping Day, was scheduled to start on Monday -- but gale force winds up to 40 knots have forced some boats to remain tied up until at least Friday.

This isn't the first time that wind has put fishing season on hold: The 2011 and 2012 seasons were held back due to strong winds as well.

Typically, more than 1,000 boats containing between 250 and 375 traps mobilize on Dumping Day.

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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