An excerpt from a recent CBC article reads,
Lobster fishermen on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore say they are relieved to learn the federal government’s plan to establish a marine protected area in the waters along their coast won’t hurt the local fishery.
“That’s good news to us and that’s all the fishermen ever wanted, but we’re still concerned about the designation and the management of it going forward,” said Peter Connors, president of Eastern Shore Fisherman’s Protective Association.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is in the early stages of working out the logistics of protecting 2,000 square kilometres of water between the communities of Clam Harbour and Liscomb Point.
The goal is for the site to be protected by 2020. Marine-protection designations can restrict activities like fishing and offshore energy development. But on Thursday, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans confirmed the protection zone planned for Eastern Shore will not impact the lobster fishery.