Nicole’s mom and step-father are lobster fishermen in Milbridge, ME. They take the boat out of the water for the winter and then launch it in the spring to begin the fishing season. The boat launch is a big day, and Olivia and I were there to help out.

I gained a deeper appreciation for commercial fishing after reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. In the book, Pollan points out that in contrast to the industrial food chain, from which we Americans now get most of our food, commercial fishing is the last remaining hunter/gatherer practice that people can do for a living. And even commercial fishing is beginning to feel the pressure of competition from aquaculture.

When you buy a Maine lobster, you are supporting small, family fishing businesses in small, coastal communities that have a vested interest in preserving the ocean and its wildlife. Without a healthy ocean, many of these communities–like Milbridge–would likely cease to exist. So, buy a lobster and treat yourself to the shortest, freshest, wildest food chain around.

The Sarah Dorothy

The Sarah Dorothy

Hauling the boat to the boat launch

Hauling the boat to the boat launch

Sarah Dorothy in the water

Sarah Dorothy in the water

Loading traps on the boat

Loading traps on the boat

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