Reports from both the captains and crews on the night at the cove were mixed, but all agreed there was little sleep due to a large swell and anticipation for the following day. The key is to get the gear in the water as soon as possible so the lobsters can start crawling in! Some of the boats have chosen to fish from harbours farther down the bay and commute by car. They say the drive is by far warmer and less rolly than the minimum 3 or 4 hour steam by boat. Fishermen are cautiously looking forward to a good season. With prices up from previous years and a little weather cooperation, they hope to be in luck. Fishing is like farming, you never know what the season will bring until it is over.
In recent years Alma’s fleet growth has depended on district 36 licences. There are approximately one and a half times the number of licences available in this district compared to the adjacent district 35. This year's district 36 fall fishery has 9 boats and crews from Alma and the surrounding area, which is a welcomed boost to our local economy. Both Collins Lobster Shop and The Alma Lobster Shop are open. If you haven’t had your fall Lobster yet it is a great time to do so. The shells are not completely full but the lobsters sure are tasty!
By Joanne Butland
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