A few pictures of my traps and a couple lobster pictures.
Lobstering in Maine. This picture shows some of my multi
- colored traps. These are red with a green end in the parlor.
Somehow the trap was found after this person also lost it
and ended up on the fisherman's float where I keep my tender
so I got it back.
Visual introduction to the profession of lobstering, part
of a featured 'journey' of the Undersea Landscapes of the
Gulf of Maine educational website. Head in Penobscot Bay
to haul lobster traps. Lobstring thrives in the Gulf of
Maine due often attached to single traps, as many as ten
or more lobstering
traps can be. To attract lobsters, Shaun McLennan
fills bait bags with herring. Other oily fish have been
used depending on abundance and price. In response to increasing
pressures on bait fish such as herring, researchers are
developing chemical attractants that may one day replace
Lobsters are processed immediately as traps are retrieved.
In Maine, lobster carapaces must legally measure between
three and a quarter and five inches from the eye socket
to the end of the carapace - a lobster's largest shell segment.
This past century has seen dramatic changes in the lobstering
industry. Modern lobsterboats highlight a growing emphasis
on speed, range, and technology, bringing more and more
to the table. As long as the fishery holds, increased hauls
are likely to continue for some time.
The expense of lobstering,
the risk of losing everything in one storm, the long hours,
and difficult working conditions have resulted in most fishermen
being a rugged and independent breed who earn every penny
they bring home and who have little sympathy for those weekend
boaters who do not learn the ways of the sea. Fishermen
know the dangers of going offshore in small boats and, while
few Hampton men have been lost in this difficult occupation,
the risks are always present, as local people learned one
March day in 1976 when North Hampton lobsterman Irving Nicky
Jones, a Hampton native, disappeared while lobstering. His
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