Lobster Season Launch in Launching PEI

Cette année je ne serai pas là pour le début de la saison, je souhaite bonne saison à tous! You are in my thoughts as the season opens. Wish I could see all the loaded boats take off this year!

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The boats are painted and mechanically sound. Nearby,the traps are stacked high. All are eager for the season to get underway, to get back out to the high seas, to struggle with the elements and bring home the catch.

April 30th before dawn breaks, hands will be baiting the traps (often with mackerel) while others will be hoisting them and handing them into the boats. Extra help from family and friends join in for trap day. Once piled almost sky high they will head out from Launching harbour, scurrying to the choicest grounds, based on information passed down from generation to generation. The lobster traps will be lowered to the sea floor and identified by buoys. Daily visits to empty these will ensure the best catch possible.  Of course, the fishers now have the advantage of modern technology and communication. Depth is accurately measured and lobsters easily seen on…

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