Nova Scotia’s commercial lobster season, which can bring in more than 50 per cent of Canada’s lobster, is underway.
Dozens of boats raced from the docks of West Dover, N.S., at 7:30 a.m. AT on Tuesday to take part in dumping day, the traditional start of the lobster season in the lucrative regions along Nova Scotia’s southern and western shores, commonly known as Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 33 and 34.
One boat even fired off celebratory fireworks as vessels raced towards the rising sun on the horizon.
Canada’s department of fisheries and oceans told Global News that during the 2018-19 season, fishermen in the region landed 28,753 tonnes of lobster worth approximately $513 million.
That’s roughly 57 per cent of the lobsters caught in Canada during that season.
Approximately 1,500 vessels and more than 4,000 fishermen take part in the region’s lobster fishing.
On Tuesday morning, they weren’t the only ones out on the water.
Kevin Crewe, acting regional supervisor for Maritime search and rescue at the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, told Global News on Monday that his organization would be keeping a close eye on the region.
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Crewe said the Canadian Coast Guard will have a number of vessels in the area, with the CCGS Spray, CCGS Clarks Harbour, CCGS Westport and CCGS Sambro on the water Tuesday morning.
There will also be a number of other vessels in the area lending a hand.
The Royal Canadian Air Force will also have a C-130 Hercules aircraft on patrol and a Cormorant helicopter on standby to assist if needed, Crewe said.
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