17.4.12

Who's Got Crabs??

I know, I know, it's a rather personal question... but I'm on the hunt!
We were out to Cox's Cove the other day, checking out the scene; the only fisherman left in Gillams retired as of this year, so we have to go further afield in search of bounty from the ocean. The slips are empty, the b'ys are out to sea...

From the viewpoint, we could see one boat coming in...

... Kala, of course, raced down the steps and jumped right in, still intent on getting to the mainland...

...Shep heard the whistle, and was ready to go...

...Kala chasing Shep up the steps (use at own risk)...

... getting closer...

... and landed, unloading their catch.

This year, the catch has been good as compared to last year; hatches loaded, 50 traps yielding quite a few crabs. The sad part is that not many of the fishermen are willing to sell just yet-- have to fill their quotas first, and then see how things go, the plants are getting the product of the early mornings and hard labour. It's a short season, maybe just a month, needs make the best of it.

Weighing the totes on the dock.

Getting the last of the pinchers from the hold in the dory.
In this day and age, it is still awesome to think that people still go out in small (relatively speaking) boats in all kinds of weather-- but as Hiiner says, these men have been in these waters their whole lives, and are so familiar with the ins and outs of the islands and the challenges of the weather too.
Anyways, there's still hope for a few fresh crab sometime soon!

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