DIGBY – Fishermen enjoyed calm seas and warm temperatures for the first night of lobster fishing off Digby.
Fishermen were allowed to leave the Digby wharf at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 14 and, thanks to a light southerly breeze of 25 kilometres an hour, the temperature remained steady around 15ºC most of the night.
The long line of lights stretching from the wharf to the Digby Gut had many on the wharf wondering if there weren’t more boats than usual fishing out of Digby this year.
Exact numbers of boats leaving the Digby wharf that night aren’t available, but wharfinger Ed Chisholm says they do have more boats tied up here.
Last spring he says there were approximately 96 or 97 boats at the Digby wharf and right now there are about 100. The average number of boats at the Digby wharf is around 70 but always spikes during lobster season.
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Chisholm says more than a dozen boats have come up from the Pubnico area. He says several have come from the Parker’s Cove area because of the deep water at the Digby wharf which allows them to get in and out even at low tide.
He says the scallop boats are also fishing local waters keeping those boat numbers high.
He is expecting a few more boats to come over from New Brunswick when LFA 36 opens up in mid-November.
The plan then is to begin tying boats up on the easterly side of the wharf, now that it is sheltered by the breakwater.
The wharf gate is currently closed from 9 a.m. until midnight – Chisholm says the buyers are typically loading lobster at night and appreciate having the wharf clear so they can do their work.