Buyout brings mixed feelings for longtime fisherman

Sherry Martell
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After 57 seasons fishing lobster in the Northumberland Strait from the port of Wallace, Merrill Jamieson is hanging up his buoys, retiring his lobster fishing licence and will stay on shore when the fleet sails out on April 29. He was recently reminiscing the good ole days pointing out a photo of himself in 1960 at a lobster fishing camp. Sherry Martell - The Citizen

WALLACE - Merrill Jamieson has fished lobster from Wallace Bay since 1953 and has never missed a season.

 

Until now.

When lobster fishing season opens on April 29 in the Northumberland Strait he will remain on shore as the fleet sails out hoping for better landings than recent years.

"It was my time," said the veteran fisherman, now age 74. "A lobster licence in this area is worthless because there isn't anyone who wants to buy it. It was a blessing for us."

Jamieson is one of a dozen fishermen from Malagash, Wallace and Pugwash to retire from lobster fishing in an effort to promote sustainability of an industry that has been struggling for the past few years on the North Shore.

(For the full story, see the April 23 issue of The Citizen)

Organizations: The Citizen

Geographic location: Wallace Bay, North Shore

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