Countdown in Digby to lobster season opening

John DeMings
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Published on October 12, 2015

Fishermen are silhouetted as they prepare for tomorrow night's midnight run to set traps.

Published on October 12, 2015

Readying the Fundy Trapper.

Published on October 12, 2015

The stern is packed tightly with some of the 300 traps this vessel will carry to see at midnight tomorrow.

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Simon LeBlanc aboard the Lucky Strike fills lobster bait nets with partially thawed herring.

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Cinching tight a lobster bait net filled with herring.

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Working aboard a dragger alongside Digby’s wharf.

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A row of lobster trap anchors ready for deployment.

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Digby Neck fishermen Jamie Thibodeau, left, and Ron Morehouse take a break aboard the Fundy Retriever.

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A lobster boat pulls up to its waiting stack of traps.

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An unusual visitor, the Quoddy Clipper, awaiting repairs to its shaft.

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Securing a lobster boat before loading traps aboard.

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A load of ice is delivered to a waiting scallop dragger.

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Hands pitch in to get ice into a scallop dragger’s hold.

DIGBY - Fishermen’s Wharf was jammed this Thanksgiving Monday morning as fishermen prepared for the opening Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. of a new lobster season in the Bay of Fundy.

Lineups of trucks and hundreds of waiting traps are a familiar scene to participants, but wharf manager Ed Chisholm was ensuring congestion was reasonable. A gate barred all but necessary traffic.

Lobster Fishing Area 35 licences allow fishermen to set 300 traps. Many of the Digby-based boats can transport all those in one load tomorrow night. Older boats might take as many as three trips to get all 300 set.

LFA 35 in the upper Bay stretches from near Digby to Cobequid Bay on the Nova Scotia side, and from Alma to Goose River on the New Brunswick side.

Along with the lobstermen, baiting and loading traps, there were also scallop boats readying for trips in a fishery that reportedly is finding good catches.

Geographic location: Digby, Fishing Area, Cobequid Bay Nova Scotia Alma Goose River New Brunswick

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