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Consider the Lobstermen

December 31, 2011

The Maine lobster industry has a reputation as one of the best managed fisheries in the world—but few have considered how this ethic is enforced.

Consider the Lobstermen

Rick Trundy does not like staying ashore, even when the wind is blowing twenty knots. It's 4:30 in the morning in mid-April, early in the lobster season, and while most of the lobstermen in Stonington, Maine, are someplace warm, drinking coffee, he's steaming his forty-foot boat, the Crossfire, southward down the east side of Isle Au Haut, already pitching over five-foot swells that grow in size the closer he gets to open water.