Let's Go Lobstering!

  Did you know that in colonial times, lobsters were considered "poverty food"? They were picked out of tidal pools and served to children, prisoners, and indentured servants (those immigrants who had exchanged their passage to America for seven years of service to their sponsors). In Massachusetts, some servants finally started a mutiny and had it put into their contracts that they wouldn't have to eat lobster more than three times a week.

Until the early 19th century, lobsters were gathered by hand along the shoreline. Fifty years later, lobstering as a trap fishery began in Maine--to this day America's lobster stronghold. In the 1820s, the first Smackmen appeared, named thus after their boats, small sailing vessels with a tank that had holes drilled into it to allow sea water to circulate. The smacks enabled the lobstermen to transport live lobsters over long distances.

One of those lobstermen, who has been fishing the waters off Portland and Cape Elizabeth for ten years, is Chris Robinson. His fascination with lobsters began as a toddler, and he thinks other toddlers and young children will appreciate the "great adventure of lobstering" as well. Together with filmmaker Tim Tonner of Stowe, Vermont, Chris has created a children's movie that entertains as well as informs. The documentary is a big hit with the little ones--one of our colleagues swears it's her 3-year-old's favorite movie--and a perfect Christmas gift for the whole family.

You can order "Let's go Lobstering" right here on Chris' website: http://www.letsgolobstering.com/ or call Maine Lobster Direct at (800) 556-2783.

Posted 11-14-2006 5:43 PM by Shannara Johnson
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