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Mother Nature Delays Start of Snow Crab Fishing

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Mar24,2024

Mother Nature delays the start of snow crab fishing

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The crabbers from Rimouski and Matane remained at the dock on Sunday morning due to weather conditions.

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The snow crab lives up to its name on this opening day of fishing in zone 17 of the St. Lawrence estuary. The snow and wind were there on Sunday morning, so much so that the crabbers from Rimouski and Matane preferred to stay at the dock and delay their departure rather than going to sea at dawn as is customary.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">In addition to the cold and snow, gusts reached 40 kilometers per hour on the Rimouski quay: a meteorological cocktail that makes sailing conditions difficult for captain-owners and their crew.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">In dangerous conditions, this is not easy for deckhands and boats. It's no good putting yourself in danger for nothing, says fisherman Ian Chouinard.

We try not to brave Mother Nature.

A quote from Ian Chouinard, fisherman

Mr. Chouinard adds that, for him, delaying the start of fishing in this way is a first.

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About thirty crabbers fishing in zone 17 which extends from Rivière-du-Loup in Rivière-à-Claude.

The president of the Area 17 Crab Fishermen's Association, Marc Doucet, himself a captain, also made the decision to stay in dock for security reasons.

I will follow the evolution of the weather. There is always a good gust of wind in the morning […] if the weather is nice this evening, I will leave this evening, he said.

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This year, crabbers in zone 17 benefit from a quota increase of almost 20%, which represents 1,674 tonnes.

With information from Édouard Beaudoin.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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