Friday, January 6, 2012

Waiting for the Margaret E

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission set a short winter shrimp season.  It opened the 30 day trawl a month late on January 2.  MWF only - 3 days/week.  A short day, too: nets on spools at 1 PM.  But last night after  two days of fishing the regulators bent: fishing allowed until 3 PM.  So if you're into the fish you can keep going - maybe get your limit - 5,000 lbs.
So the fleet came in heavy as darkness fell this snowy Friday evening at Friendship harbor - where perhaps twenty lobstermen have rigged their boats to drag nets instead of haul lobster traps. We waited for the Margaret E at Wallace's Lobster for our first shrimp of the season. I like 'em cajun style. Just seems right.
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