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Dumping day sendoff at Cape Forchu lighthouse on Saturday, Dec. 1

Supporters of the lobster fishing industry gather at the Cape Forchu Lightstation each year on Dumping Day morning to send the fishing fleet off with lights and cheering.
Supporters of the lobster fishing industry gather at the Cape Forchu Lightstation each year on Dumping Day morning to send the fishing fleet off with lights and cheering. - Contributed

Tradition sees supporters sending fleet off with lights and prayers

CAPE FORCHU -   The annual dumping day event at the Yarmouth Lighthouse will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1. The event was originally scheduled for Nov. 26, the first day of the lobster season but was postponed due to weather. 

Dumping day refers to the start of the LFA 33/34 season when lobster fishermen “dump” their traps.

The community event has become a popular way of showing support to the fishing industry, with participants bringing their flashlights to the lighthouse on the morning of dumping day. As the long parade of boats, loaded heavily with traps, depart Yarmouth Harbour, people wave their lights in support. Many of the captains toot their horns in return. 

Hot drinks and muffins will be available for a donation to the Friends of the Yarmouth Light, starting at 5 a.m.

Memberships to the Friends of the Yarmouth Lighthouse society and items from the gift shop will be available on a cash purchase basis.

At 5:45 a.m., a blessing of the fleet will be delivered on VHS radio channel 68 and the broadcast is also heard over Y95 CJLS radio. Depending on the weather, part of the event may be visible on a live webcam at www.novascotiawebcams.com

At 6 a.m. the boats begin to sail by the lighthouse heading out to sea. It will take at least half an hour for the Yarmouth Harbour lobster fishing fleet (approximately 115) to leave for the fishing grounds.


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