Emily Carter Mitchell ~ Nature & Wildlife Photography

One cannot think of the Maine coast without immediately thinking of succulent bright red Lobsters. Lobster fishing is a long-time tradition among the locals living on Mount Desert Island. A profession that can be quite profitable, also comes with significant risk as so much time is spent on the cold waters surrounding the island. Through weather fair and foul, these hardy lobstermen, and women head out daily to work their lobster traps.

Tending to their lifeline, which is their lobster boat, these lobster men spend much time preparing and maintaining their equipment. Permits, when available go for about $14,000 and this permit allows the fisherman to set out 800 traps. Traps are set out further out during the summer months to find the cooler water, and closer inland in winter due to the drop in water temperatures. It is said that a hard working lobster man can make upwards to…

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