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Today was to be the start of the 2012/2013 lobster season for southwestern Nova Scotia, but the Department of Fisheries and Environment Canada made a decision Sunday to delay the start by one day to ensure the safety of fisherman due to gale-force winds.
Nova Scotia fishermen are 19 times more likely to be killed at work than working Nova Scotians in general, according to Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCB) statistics. About 1,700 boats are licensed to fish lobster from Digby to Halifax Counties. Measures to keep the fishermen safe can contribute to bringing all fisherman home safe at the end of the day.
Here are some resources to help everyone in the fishing industry stay safe.