Spring lobster season opens amid manpower concerns for processors

The spring lobster season is open across much of the Maritimes, and fishermen began setting their traps this morning.

The season is opening two weeks later than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The fishing industry has worked with public health officials to ensure operations could begin while respecting measures such as social distancing.

Processors in New Brunswick have expressed manpower concerns as a result of a halt to allowing temporary foreign workers into the province.

Premier Blaine Higgs imposed the ban among tighter border restrictions and appealed to unemployed New Brunswickers and students to fill the seasonal jobs.

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