Many lobster boats have been installing these”fences” along the side of the boat where that is opposite the hauling station.
The fence has several purposes. Real estate on a lobster boat is valuable, especially if the lobsterman is a real fisherman and not just a “pot hauler”. A pot hauler is a lobsterman who simply sets his traps out in the same spots and doesn’t take the time to figure out what exactly the lobsters are doing and more importantly where they will show up next. So the “pot hauler” sets his traps and goes back to the same spots over and over and doesn’t move the lobster traps around to try to be where the lobsters will show up next to be caught.
Lugging 100 traps from one area to another and resetting them and adjusting the lengths of the trawl lines for different fathoms is a lot of work and some “pot haulers” would just assume keep to a simple routine even though it doesn’t yield the best results. To be fair, to move lots of traps from one area to a whole different area forces a lobsterman to either have a very large boat in which they can stack a ton of traps on and get lots of traps moved at one time or if they have smaller boats they have to make multiple trips because you just can’t put that many traps aboard due to a shortage of space.
This is where a fence can be beneficial in two ways. All of the buoys and high-flyers and even barrels can be lashed on to the fence to save deck space for work.
Secondly when stacking traps high on the deck of the boat to get as many on as possible for moving them to a different area the fence helps to secure the traps. So if the lobsterman feels that his catch has dropped off and he can catch more lobsters by moving to a different area he can move a bunch at one time and not worry about losing them overboard in windy or rough conditions.
From the Archives at The Cape Ann Museum. ask and you shall receive-
If you have any Gloucester topics from the past which you would like to find out about, go to the Cape Ann Museum and talk to the friendly folks down in the archives. They are happy to help you discover things that you may not know had existed.
We partnered with Mark two years ago for his Faces of The Working Waterfront seARTS Partner with an Artist show here at our dock. It was nice to see him and his lovely wife Becky come out to show some love to Abby and us for her exhibit.
This is Your Boy Joey asking you to come on down and say hi and take it all in (and there will be some fantastic refreshments)
One Page From Abby Ytzen’s Gloucester Fishing 101 Handbook
Click the picture for just one page from Abby’s Gloucester Fishing 101 book which she produced for seARTS Partner With an Artist Program. there will be many panels on eth walls here at our Dock- Captain Joe and Sons 95 East Main St Saturday from 10-2PM
Click on the picture below to see it full sized and learn some interesting facts for yourself. I for one was astounded at the breakdown of how many of each different type of commercial fishing boats there were. 42% of the fleet are lobster boats, I had no idea, but this is just one of the factoids that Abby has broken down. I think if you click on the picture you will get a sense of how easy she made it all to understand even though there is a ton of data in her book and in her exhibit, ANYONE could easily understand it.
-and this is all stuff that anyone that really takes pride in living in Gloucester or loves the fishing industry should know about.
So be sure to stop on by the dock Saturday 10-2PM
Here’s a map-
Abby Ytzen/Captain Joe and Sons seARTS Partner With An Artist Exhibit May 21st
Blown away! When you can get Pete Mondello, a fisherman for over 50 years excited about a Gloucester fishing industry exhibit you know you’ve done something special.
The way Abby has broken down such an incredible amount of fisheries statistics into an easily digestible visual/artistic/educational/fun presentation with everything you need to know about where Gloucester’s fishing industry has been with data and visuals bringing you right up to the present is nothing short of astounding.
This is an uncomplicated 101 guidebook to Gloucester’s fishing industry which has distilled all the data and will give any person a good basic understanding of what is going on around the Gloucester waterfront. The way it is broken down there is info for people 7 years old to 70 and it is all incredibly interesting. Every person who considers themselves a real “Gloucesterite” NEEDS to come see this exhibit.
The Who What When Where-
Who- Abbyy Ytzen Partnering With Captain Joe and Sons
What- seARTS Partner With an Artist Gloucester Fishing 1626-2011 Exhibit
When- Saturday May 21,2011 10AM-2:00PM
Where- Captain Joe and Sons 95 East Main St Gloucester MA 01930
Refreshments provided by Rachel Carver-Brown including Coffee & Tea
This guy was bouncing around the inner harbor all morning.
It’s that time of year. The Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree Has Been Constructed and Adorned With Buoys Hand Painted With Love and Special Messages Of Peace, Joy and Hope By The Children Of Gloucester. And then there are the sterile generic boring trees erected by prisoners of the Maine criminal system who have been incarcerated for unspeakable crimes against the elderly and sick and destitute.
The Wonderful 2010 Gloucester lobster Trap Tree
The Crappy Generic Rockland Lobster Trap Tree
The Ridiculously Disproportionate Beals Island Lobster Trap Tree-
Sources have indicated that The Maine Lobster Trap Trees Were Built By Bands Of People Let Out Of Jail For Crimes Such As Mugging Salvation Army Bell Ringers Outside Of Maine Strip Malls. As Punishment These Convicts Were Forced To Erect Hideous Displays Of Unimaginative Lobster Trap Trees.
Here’s our forktruck. We’ve had it for about 7 years or so.
Yes, it’s covered with rust. New forktrucks can operate in manufacturing plants away from salt water conditions like we operate and look brand new 10-15 years later but operating on the dock exposed to the elements and with the salt water mist from the tanks covering everything, they just turn to rust.
A new forktruck would cost about $30,000 and would look exactly like ours within a couple of years down our dock. Salt water just eats away at everything.