Icebreakers headed to northern N.B. to keep river from flooding, open fishing harbours

The Canadian Coast Guard is sending some icebreakers to northern New Brunswick to help keep rivers from flooding and to open up fishing harbours.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says an icebreaker hovercraft will break up the ice in the Restigocuhe River if there is a risk of flooding.

If not, it will first make its way to the Acadian Peninsula and Bay of Chaleur where it will join another vessel in opening up harbours ahead of the upcoming snow crab season.

Crab fishermen are looking to get out on the water as soon as possible to fill as much of their quota as possible before the critically endangered North Atlantic right whales begin arriving in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.