View on the way to Arcadia National Park
Today I took the Lulu Lobster boat to see how lobsters were caught and other information.
In this way the lobstermen will know which marks his lobster traps. Each buoy is tied to a long line that is attached to the trap.
Captain John They call it 'fishing' because you do not always have a lobster in your trap so you have to keep pulling them up. He talked about the parts of the lobster trap and that the bait used is Herring. Years ago the traps were wood but they disintegrated quickly and had to be replaced often. The traps used now are metal with two openings for the lobster to enter to get the food, when they get the food in what the lobstermen call the 'kitchen' they move to the 'parlor' that they can not get out. Because the lobster can not get out of the trap, if the line gets cut by a propeller, the trap will go to the bottom of the ocean and they will die there. At one time there was more of this than lobsters caught and picked up by the lobstermen . Now there must be a way for the lobster to get out. Captain John uses a piece of wood across one of the openings at the top of the cage because there are worms that eat wood just like house termites. They will eat the wood which takes a couple months and the lobster can get out. The maximum number of traps a lobsterman can use is 800 per vessel and the lobster caught shell can not be longer than 5 inches with a minimum of 3 1/4 inches so that juveniles have a chance to grow. All lobster have to be measured in the water and thrown back immediately if needed. There are three lobsters in the cage. One was too small, and one was too large to keep. Also, if they catch a female lobster that has eggs (they carry their eggs outside instead of inside) , the lobstermen have to v-notch and throw them back in. There are little docks all over the water were the lobstermen can place their catch until they can get back to take them into sell.
We went to see the seals and there was a bald eagle on the cliff. We were also able to get to Egg Harbor Lighthouse which is not manned before the fog rolled in and it disappeared from sight.. Captain John said that there is only one manned lighthouse in America and that is in Boston.
It was a fun, fun day on the water and now I am looking forward to my Windjammer cruise on Friday.