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Prince Edward Island Provincial Heritage Fair
The History of Lobster Fishing on Prince Edward Island
A four minute video describing the history of lobster fishing on PEI. Visuals including a backboard with information as well as photos other materials such as books, fishing tools and LIVE lobsters!
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
I found it very interesting how lobsters intuitively know where to beat mate and then find the perfect place to grow and hatch their eggs.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
I would like to share the importance of supporting the local economy. When community fishers and farmers along with other entrepreneurs do not get a fair price for their goods nationally/globally it is a struggle for them to make a liveable wage. When possible support local!
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
I have first hand experience lobster fishing with my father. Lobster fishing on a large government certified fishing boat is certainly more safe than fishing from a small wooden dory all those years ago. With the advancement of life jackets, a life boat, computerized sounders, vhf radio and gps; safety is very important. With the addition of mechanical haulers and hydraulic booms to retrieve lobster traps from the ocean it makes the work incredibly easy. Long ago, two people maximum in a dory would need to use a gaff (a long wooden pole with a hook on the end) to pluck the buoys out of the water and then lift the traps manually into the dory. Fishing days back then would have been very long and laborious. Those are just some changes throughout the years.