Commercial fishing is a tragedy of the commons for which we are all responsible, not just fishermen. The oceans and fish stocks are impacted by far more than just fishing, but fishermen are on the front-lines of the impact and penance.
I think the best part of being married to a lobsterman is that we can set our own schedule and we own our own business. There is great freedom in that aspect. I think being a lobster fisherman is one of the coolest jobs because you are on the ocean all day where you never know what you get to see or catch; it's beautiful and I have so much appreciation for it! I tell Carroll that all the time -- it is so unique.
Sometimes, I think, people forget that fishermen are harvesters of seafood. Even fishermen themselves might need a reminder occasionally that the product they pull out of the water, fish, lobster, or scallop, will end up in someone’s belly.
My conversation with Dana and Elizabeth took place at Maxwell’s in Bath over lunch with a couple of other fishermen, Heath and Derek. Dana has been working on his boat, a Young Brothers, in Phippsburg at Heath Hawkes’ boatyard.