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2020 - Lobster fishery opening dates for Lobster Fishing Areas (LFAs) 23, 24, 26A, 26B south and 26B north

Moncton, NB – May 14, 2020 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is announcing that the lobster fishery in LFAs 23, 24, 26A and 26B South will open at 06:00 a.m. on Friday May 15, 2020. Due to high winds forecasted Friday, the lobster fishery in LFA 26B North will open at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday May 16, 2020.

DFO wishes to remind fish harvesters to take extra care when navigating on the opening day of the lobster fishery as vessels are loaded with gear and traps. Harvesters are encouraged to act diligently in setting their traps and should ensure that vessels are loaded safely by reducing the quantity of gear if necessary.

Fish harvesters must also exercise caution when navigating in locations where dredging operations are on-going.

All aid to navigation buoys may not all have been placed. Licence holders are advised to exercise extreme caution.

Furthermore, it is reminded that, during the period where fishing is authorized, it is the responsibility of the licence holder to take into account the marine safety notices issued, among others, by Environment and Climate Change Canada and Transport Canada, as well as the standards and best practices in marine safety, and to take all measures to ensure a safe fishery.

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For more information

Sandra Comeau
Resource Management, Eastern NB
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Tracadie, NB
506-395-7765
Sandra.Comeau@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Ben Moore
Resource Management, PEI
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Charlottetown, PEI
902-370-7094
Benjamin.Moore@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Alan Dwyer
Resource Management, Gulf NS
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Antigonish, NS
902-735-7114
Alan.Dwyer@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Josiane Massiéra
Resource Management, Gulf Region
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Moncton, NB
506-851-7290
Josiane.Massiera@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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