It was chilly but calm as lobstermen across Southwest Nova Scotia headed out to set their traps on the first day of the season.
There was no sign of the high winds on November 28 that had delayed the opening the previous day, and that's a good thing - Dumping Day is one of the most hectic and possibly dangerous days in the season, as fishermen rush to set their pots and get a good start to the lucrative fishery.
"You worry about the weather, you worry if everything is going to go right, getting your gear in the right place," said Port Mouton lobsterman Brian Fisher.
Fisher says Dumping Day is stressful but after the first couple days of fishing, you can go at your own pace.
"Tomorrow we'll be hauling the biggest catches and the most money will be made the next day," he said.
Fisher has been fishing for 50 years, including lobster for over 20. He and his brother Robin started with cod off the coast of Saint Pierre and Miquelon before the cod collapse. So far, nothing has kept him from fishing a season - not even a severe neck injury he recovered from recently.
Neighbours, friends, and family gathered on the federal wharf in Port Mouton to wish fishermen well before they headed out to sea. 7 a.m. marked the opening of LFA 33, which encompasses most of the South Shore, from Lunenburg County down through most of Shelburne County.
According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the lobster fishery in the Maritimes accounts for 61 per cent of total Canadian landings of lobster and 34 per cent of the North American total.
From November to May, around 1500 vessels and licence holders from Southwest Nova Scotia participate in the fishery.