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Pandemic puts 2020 lobster fishery in doubt

-by Rankin MacDonald

    In my 33 years in the fishery, this is the worst mess it’s ever been in,” said Leonard LeBlanc. “It would be great to be arguing over prices and quotas, but those were the good old days and now we have to deal with the life and death situation of COVID-19.”
    “Yes, it’s a real mess,” he said.
    With the market for lobster almost completely dried up, the lobster buyers and processors in Nova Scotia asked last week for an immediate stop to all lobster fishing because the COVID-19 pandemic has crushed the markets and the fishery off Inverness County is slated to open in just over a month.
    The buyers and processors want the fishery from Halifax to Digby shut immediately.

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