HALIFAX, N.S. - Nova Scotia's Fisheries Department has removed a permit fee aimed at lobster fishermen who sell their catch at the side of the road.

The former Conservative government put the $40.53 fee in place last fall citing food safety reasons.

Fisheries Minister Sterling Belliveau says fisherman have struggled with low prices in the past year and have traditionally sold direct to customers without a permit.

Belliveau says while roadside vendors selling live lobster will still require a permit, there will be no fee.

The province says sellers will still have to comply with food safety and reporting requirements.

So far, the province has issued 80 permits to sell live lobster from roadside locations.

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