And they’re off!

Local lobster fishermen set off from the wharves earlier this morning to begin their season of fishing, which had been delayed this year due to COVID-19 concerns. On Wednesday, the NORTHUMBERLAND FISHERMEN’S CO-OP announced that due to low market conditions this year all members are going to keep one clawed lobster out of their catch...

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Rockin’ the Lobster, all weekend long

Are you ready to rock the lobster with Jimmy Rankin? How about with the Barra MacNeils? How about with Charlie A’Court and Garrett Mason? Unfortunately, due to a family emergency Matt Minglewood, who was originally scheduled for tonight, will not be able to perform so A’Court and Mason will fill that role. The Good news,...

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Tensions rise for Lobster Cup wrestling

PICTOU — Last year’s Pictou Lobster Carnival Professional Wrestling event ended in what some would deem a controversial decision as The Patriot walked away a two-time Lobster Cup winner. This year’s event on Saturday starting at 7 p.m. at Hector Arena will allow the drama to pick up right where it left off when The...

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Blue lobster chilling at Sobeys

Fisherman Dave Scanlan caught this four pound blue beauty on Saturday just near Wallace, N.S. Scanland dropped the blue lobster nicknamed “Berry” off at the Pictou Sobeys fish department to be held and will be later donated to the Pictou Fisheries Museum. Pictured beside the blue lobster is a spotted lobster named “Mary” that was...

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What lobsters?

I have previously written a tale or two about Anderson MacLean from River John and his ways of life as a fisherman on Pictou Island. I thank those of you who have shared your accounts of past events thus allowing me to share them with others. One such recollection that was passed onto me concerning...

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FONS asks Environment Minister to reject mill’s application for new facility

Friends of the Northumberland Strait (FONS) says the science behind Northern Pulp’s proposed treatment facility is lacking and have asked Environment Margaret Miller to reject the mill’s application. “We have heard over and over that the decision will be made on the science,” says Jill Graham-Scanlan, president of FONS. “If that is the case, and...

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The Local Climate – Finding Baseline

It was the 3rd of June, 2018, when I drove a rental car four hours into the central wilds of Vancouver Island, searching for a single gigantic tree. Stories of this arboreal titan came to me from locals who, at least on the surface, weren’t all that excited or impressed that I was going out...

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Trap Day on Pictou Island

Trap day was always an exciting event for us kids living on Pictou Island in the late 1950s and early 60s. This one day in particular usually meant a day absent from school for us boys. This was the first day of lobster season and someone was usually looking for a little extra help. There...

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FONS says Northern Pulp reneges on commitment to hold open houses before filing new plan for environmental assessment

Concerned citizens and fishermen say they are appalled that Northern Pulp does not plan to hold any open houses or public consultation before filing for environmental assessment. Consultants for Northern Pulp have confirmed that key information, including the Receiving Water Study (RWS) for the new pipe route and outfall location and all studies required for...

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Smacking Days on Pictou Island

It doesn’t seen like an awful long time ago but in reality it has been over 40 years since I had fished for lobster with my father from Pictou Island. It was customary for us to rise every morning about one hour before daylight. Mother would always be the first one up and she would...

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