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Dec. 2, 2022
An environmental charity and Membertou First Nation in Nova Scotia are partnering to develop the first generation of electric lobster boats on the East Coast.
Oceans North announced Thursday it is working on the project with the Mi’kmaq community’s fisheries and boat-building corporations.
Hubert Nicholas, the director of fisheries at Membertou, said in an interview the new boats will likely be costlier than diesel-powered vessels at first, but it’s expected there will be savings in maintenance and fuel costs.
The project’s initial research estimates 70 per cent of the inshore lobster fleet travels within 20 kilometres from shore and can be powered by batteries.
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