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Lobster fisherman says season ended on high note

The head of a local lobster fishing association says catches were down during the season, but there was one big positive.

Dan MacDougall, the president of the Gulf of Nova Scotia Bonafide Fishermen's Association, says fishermen in all areas of the gulf set their traps 11 days late due to ice conditions; officials with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans did grant a four-day extension for all those affected lobster fishing areas.

MacDougall tells The Hawk lobsters were slow moving at the start of the season because of the ice and cold water.

"Obviously, catches were down overall because of the number of days lost- you just can't make up the difference," he says. "The big positive was the price increase."

MacDougall says they were getting $3.25 a pound for canners and $3.75 a pound for markets at one point in 2014, but it was a different story in 2015.

"We finished up the last week at $5.75 (for canners) and $6.00 for markets," he says. "That's quite an increase from 2014."

MacDougall says there were no concerns about catch limits or quotas at any point since the season got off to a slow and delayed start.


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