Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Lobstering in the Winter

As you can see, there are hundreds of lobster traps piled up in Mackeral Cove. And, there are no pick up trucks unlike summer, when you would see dozens of empty trucks early in the morning, owned by fisherman who were out to sea. Most of the trucks you see now, have empty traps piled high in the beds, that they have removed from the ocean to store until the next season.

The cove is quiet and covered in a fresh snow. It snowed for three days this week, making fishing, and driving quite treacherous.

There are still a few brave souls who do fish this time of year. Most of them go way out to sea, so you do not see the many boats in the bay as you do the summer and fall seasons.

There was a question on a Maine television show the other day that asked what the #1 export from Maine was. Now, I have lived here for over 40 years.....and I said either, lobster, blueberries, potatoes or lumber. I was very surprised to fine out that it is computer chips! The semiconductor industry is 28% of the $3 billion products Maine companies export. Who knew? Pulp and paper is #2.

Hope all is well with all of you! Sue