Paul van de Wiel, manager with the North Bay Fishermen’s Co-Op, said the lobster season so far has been up and down.
He said the harvesters are a little disappointed in the prices this year, which are in the five to six dollar range. This is down from last year when they were in the seven dollar and above range.
Some of the issues facing harvesters this year are high gas and bait costs as well as costs related to new regulations with Transport Canada on what they need to carry on their vessels.
Van de Wiel also said the fishermen are keeping in mind the potential of right whales, noting the right whales usually don’t appear in local waters until August. He said it’s not a major issue right now but if one were to show up it would likely shut down the lobster fishing in that area for at least 15 days.
The season goes until the end of June.