Only 2% of lobster traps scattered by Fiona retrieved so far

The Maritime Fishermen's Union is searching for lobster traps that were lost during post-tropical storm Fiona. (Radio-Canada - image credit)
The Maritime Fishermen's Union is searching for lobster traps that were lost during post-tropical storm Fiona. (Radio-Canada - image credit)

The massive cleanup and recovery operation to find the thousands of traps lost during post-tropical storm Fiona in September has only turned up a small number so far.

The Maritime Fishermen's Union is leading the cleanup taking place in LFA 25, a lobster fishing zone that takes in a good portion of the Northumberland Strait.

The union told Radio-Canada that 1,000 traps have been found so far.

Luc LeBlanc, fisheries adviser for the union, said the cleanup and recovery mission will be a long one.

He told CBC News back in September that about 42,000 traps were missing.

Each trap is worth about $300, so the loss is a major financial hit for the industry.

LeBlanc said he expects the operation to locate the missing traps could take up to two weeks.