The 'Chrissy D.'. A fine boat, but not cheap. As anyone
who owns a saltwater vessel will attest to, they are expensive to keep. They
need constant maintenance and represent substantial
overhead. As they say, "Sure, I have a boat. It's that hole in the water
where all my money goes.".
The device used to measure the carapace of a lobster.
If the carapace fits within the smaller (top) notch, the animal is too small
to take. If the carapcae is larger than the larger (bottom) notch, it is
an over-sized animal and may not be taken in Maine.
Each chamber of the trap is seperated by a cone-like
entrance of netting which makes it easy for the animals to move deeper into
the trap (toward the left), but more difficult to move back into the kitchen
where the doors are. Well, that's the theory, anyways.
The hauler. A buoy is snared with a gaff hook and
the line is passed over the 'snatch block' (hanging down). The line is then
passed over the hydrolic 'pot hauler' (bottom left). When the hauler is turned
on, the line is pulled in by the pot hauler. The hauler is stopped when the
trap is close enough to be brought aboard, then restarted to retrieve the
next trap. Simple enough?...not really. The hauler is a dangerous piece of
equipment. Fingers have been lost by getting caught between the line and
the pinch roller. One fisherman using an older hauler got his arm caught
so badly he was forced to cut it off to free himself. He was out working
This artist's interpretation shows the deployment
of a trawl on the sea bottom. It is not to scale. The more traps on
the line, the further the distance between the buoys. On large deep-water
boats it is not uncommon to run 40-trap trawls where there is almost a mile
between the buoys.