Kate Plus 8 (Plus Lobster)

I sat down to watch this week’s “Kate Plus 8” fully prepared to be annoyed and/or outraged.  According to the commercial, the premise was pretty straight forward: a showdown over whether the lobsters caught on vacation should be cooked. Coming from a fishing community and fishing family and working for a commercial fishermen’s organization, clearly…

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Landmark Day

  “We often use locations to orient us, to identify where we are…”   Days can be like that too. For Grand Manan, the second Tuesday in November is a landmark day as fishermen leave to set traps. There’s a sense of community and excitement as we mark this landmark: the beginning of fall fishing;…

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Lobster Season

The lobster fishery on Grand Manan opens tomorrow.  The boats all leave from the wharf at the same time tomorrow morning, loaded with traps, headed out for grounds both near and far from shore.   The beginning of lobster season is always met with a great deal of excitement, anticipation, and trepidation. There’s the excitement…

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Man Overboard Drills

I had the opportunity to attend “Man Overboard” drills in two locations this week. The concept is simple but effective: have someone go in the water and have local fishermen try to get him back aboard the boat under different scenarios: conscious, unconscious, etc.  While conditions in the harbour were better than they likely would…

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