June 1, 2005 – The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans agreed to a request from Nova Scotian fishermen to extend the lobster season in the area between Digby and Halifax.
Fishermen had been unable to fish for about a week because of persistent wind and rain.
“I don’t need to explain to Maritimers that weather conditions this spring have been less than accommodating,” said DFO regional director-general Neil Bellefontaine.
“This extension will address safety concerns of a large number of participants in the lobster fishery and allow them to bring their season to an orderly and safe conclusion.”
A stalled low-pressure system had dumped rain across the province, with some areas reporting more than 300 millimetres of rainfall for the month. And while people are almost unanimously bummed out by the grayest of Mays, tourism operators had a particular case of the blues.
“In a word, it sucks,” said Ed Reid, owner of the Thistle Down Inn in Digby.
The weather is responsible, said Reid, but the problem is exacerbated by cancellation of the Scotia Prince ferry run between Yarmouth and Portland, Me.
Digby Scallop Queen Vanessa Mae Pulley added the crown of Queen Annapolisa LXXIII.
Pulley, the 18-year-old daughter of Rickey and Wanda Pulley, was crowned in University Hall at Acadia in Wolfville by Digby mayor Frank Mackintosh.
The new queen competed against 15 other princesses from across the Valley, before earning the first Apple Blossom title by a Digby representative in 32 years.
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