Category Archives: lobster
5:00AM First Boat Of The Day, The Mighty Cabaret V
Captain Pete is looking at the stinky bait thinking to himself- “Do I really wanna do this?”
Stretch Pete, you’re gonna get through it.
Setting Up the Davit
I guess for someone, stealing is easier than working for it. And from kids nonetheless. Allow me to explain.
If you’ve browsed any of my previous posts here on GMG, you’ve probably come to know a few things about me. You probably know that I’m long winded (does that actually apply to writing?) and you’ve probably gotten to “know” my two young boys….and maybe you’ve learned that they love the ocean. More than loving it, they work hard at being budding little lobstermen, and they’re pretty passionate about it.
If you haven’t seen it yet, maybe this will help paint the picture
My boys, along with their three great friends…on our friends’ boat, go lobstering typically twice per week all summer long. With only ten traps, they certainly don’t do it to make money….they do it because they love it. And, they do it for Lobsterfest! Once each summer (maybe twice if we’re lucky)… we gather our families and some of our local friends, and we have a feast to end all feasts. More importantly, we have laugh after laugh, in one of the most picturesque towns I know. It is, without a doubt, one of our favorite evenings of the entire summer.
We check the tide chart….we check our busy summer schedules…and we pick a day. This summer…that day was Saturday.
The kids feel tremendous pride that their hard work supplies the Stars of the Show: The Rockport Harbor Lobsters! They feel tremendous pride that our guests….friends who have watched them grow, learn, laugh, and cry…gather to enjoy a quintessential summer evening and “oooh and ahhhh” over their bounty! They feel tremendous pride in being such a huge part of such a special tradition.
So, maybe you can imagine our shock and dismay to discover that THE lobsters had been stolen from the water on Friday night. Holding tank and all. Gone. As a friend put it, “It’s like losing your uniform the night before the Big Game.” The night before Lobsterfest.
I get that maybe the thief wasn’t aware that those lobsters had been slowly gathered by a group of dedicated children…and their two amazing dads. Two dads who take the time to show those kids how to haul and set their gear. Two dads who, while they love lobstering with the kids, may actually prefer to cast a few rods, set an anchor at the beach, or play a round of golf on a few more occasions, rather than continuously tend to the traps. Or maybe they wouldn’t rather do those things, either way, that isn’t the point.
The point is, Stealing is wrong…and I’m pissed.
“The children must be crushed!” you may be thinking. Well, actually, the children don’t know. Luckily, those two amazing dads also had the wherewithal to not let the children know that someone had stolen their lobsters. They would have been beyond devastated. They would have been hurt. They probably would have been confused.
Those two amazing dads also didn’t want our guests to know that they had to scramble and buy lobsters in the eleventh hour. They certainly didn’t want any guests to run out and purchase lobsters themselves….not that any of those guests would have minded! Lucky also is that Cape Ann is the type of community where friends rally for each other. Lucky also is that, having lived here forever, those two amazing dads have people who were happy to help them and that getting enough lobsters to feed our friends was possible.
So, Lobsterfest was a giant success. Those little “lobsterkids” are none the wiser and, while we’re still mad, it would take more than a small time thief (Jack Ass) to ruin a wonderful summer evening with such amazing friends. Still, shame on them.
We Released The Rare Yellow Lobster We Had At The Dock This Morning After It Had Released Its Eggs While In Our Tank.
We Released The Rare Yellow Lobster We Had At The Dock This Morning After It Had Released Its Eggs While In Our Tank.
About a month ago we released the blue one and the quadruple clawed one for the very same reason. A good lesson for the kids to learn about sustainability in the lobster industry. Hated to see that rare lobster leave the dock but at least my girls got to witness it.
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The cerebral lobsterman. Tony is playing chess when other lobstermen are playing Shutes and Ladders.
We were on our good friends’ boat the other day with their 3 children, our two boys, and two additional cousins. As we watched all of the children laugh and chill on the bow while we made our way around the back shore of Gloucester, he said, “I love that these kids are all growing up so salty.”
Well, me too.
Today the boys asked if I would do a post in which they could talk about how they haul lobster traps. How do you say “no” to that! So, as they hauled some gear, I took a bunch of photos and they taught me what was up along the way.
This is what they had to say….
This is great information, I appreciate your continued support of the tagging program, thanks to many of you this tagging project has been a great success, we’ve obtained recapture information on 24% of the lobsters that were tagged. This is a very good reporting rate, and although we have yet to analyze all the data we’ve collected, we do have some preliminary results to share. Out of the 2,200 lobsters we’ve tagged, lobstermen have provided recapture information on 525 lobsters. Though finer scale movements within the state of NH are extremely important to this study so that we can properly assess seasonal migrations, perhaps the most interesting tag returns have come from Massachusetts. Since tagging began in 2012, approximately 50 lobsters have been reported in Massachusetts waters, four of which were caught off of Cape Cod and traveled nearly 100 miles.
The lobster that you reported was tagged on 6/16/2013 near the Isles of Shoals and it was a female. At the time the lobster was tagged it measured 79mm which is sublegal. Approximately a year later the lobster you reported moved approximately 45 miles (straight line distance), molted and was legal size when caught. The majority of tagging for this project has been completed; however, we’re very interested in receiving recapture information as long as lobstermen are observing these lobsters. Thanks again for your support and let me know if you have any additional questions. I’ve attached a map from Google Earth so you can see where the lobster was tagged and recaptured.
Joshua T. Carloni
Marine Fisheries Division
NH Fish and Game…connecting you to life outdoors
Matt Cooney Landed This Tagged Lobster A Couple of Days Ago
A couple of years ago Dave Jewell caught one and when we contacted the NH Fish and Game authority who was responsible for the tagging program they gave us all the information about where it was released, when it was released and how far it had travelled. Hoping to get the same feedback on this one.
This was the one Dave caught two years ago-
NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME LOBSTER TAGGED AND RELEASED ON 9/21/12, CAUGHT BY OUR LOBSTERMAN DAVE JEWELL IN GLOUCESTER ON 11/12/12
Dave Jewell skipper of the Lady J came in a couple of nights ago and handed me this tag which was attached to a lobster and the coordinates of where he caught it off Gloucester MA on November 12, 2012.
There was a telephone number on the other side of the tag which I plugged into Google and it came up as the number to New Hampshire Fish and Game. So I then Googled New Hampshire Fish and Game Lobster Tag and came up with this result
So then contacting Josh Carloni from New Hampshire Fish and Game’s Lobster Tag program I asked him more about the program and if there was any info he could give as to where the lobster that Dave caught was released or if we could put together a google map to show how far it traveled from September 21st to November 12th-
If you have a press release about it or a google map of where certain lobsters were released and where they have been reported, that would be something that would get people excited. anything visual has great impact.
an interactive google map would be really fun.
especially if you can put this particular lobster on there from where it was released to where it was caught.
Dave caught the lobster at Lat/Long 42.41.8/ 70.25.4
This was the info from Joshua about when it was released and the program itself-
That lobster was tagged on 9/21 near the Isles of Shoals (42 57.186, 70 35.823), it was a female spent egger with a v-notch and it was 93.8mm. I just had someone put your coordinates into google earth and it appears that lobster moved 20 miles. If you would like to add something to your blog that would be great.
We’re trying to identify areas in New Hampshire with aggregations of large reproductive females and then track their movement. It appears the Isles of Shoals area has a large number of large females with eggs and we would like to know why they are there and their associated movement. Though we’ll be looking a variety of other information from this study, this is the major objective. We’ll also be tagging smaller females and some males so that we can compare their movements with the larger animals and identify if they’re undertaking seasonal migrations.
We hope to tag a total of 2400 lobsters by November of 2013. So far we’ve tagged approximately 550 lobsters and we have recapture information from approximately 70 lobsters. A couple of lobsters have been reported travelling to the Gloucester area and two more lobsters were reported in the Portland ME area. We really want to spread the word so that fishermen will report tags when the catch them. There will be a raffle held in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and winners of the raffles (three winners each year) will win a 50 dollar gift certificate to New England Marine Industrial or a Grundens sweatshirt
Dana Johnson Created This Google Map Showing Where The Lobster Was Tagged and Released and Where Dave Caught It 7 Weeks Later After Traveling 20 Miles-
Click Map For Larger View-
My suggestion to Josh is instead of simply having a page where the fishermen can report lobsters caught with tags that he create a page with maps and info of every lobster released and caught with the names of the fishermen that caught them so they can generate more interest in the results with the fishermen as well as the general public and the people who are funding the studies.
Fun On The Dock.
You know how repetitive the work we do down here is. Without a creative outlet I’d probably lose my mind.
Yellow Lobster-Blue Lobster-Quadruple Pincer Lobster All Landed In Gloucester at Captain Joe and Sons
Crazy, right? There’s Nowhere that you can go to see these three lobster mutants in the same place let alone same lobster crate but we’ve got them her at our lobster dock, Captain Joe and Sons In Gloucester
Way More Pictures and Video when you click below this first picture-
Thanks John Todd for forwarding this video
I wrote to you in November 2012 about a fishing tag from the Net Profit, from when it was owned by the late Joe Ciaramitaro.
Last Thursday I found a tag from F/V Endeavour. When I looked it up on Google it looks as though it comes from your area, so I thought that you might be interested. I don’t find many of the rectangular tags, all the ones that I have found are mounted on a board on my garage wall. I thought that you might know some of their owners or where they come from.
As you will see from the photo we do find quite a lot of lobster trap tags. Here in Perranporth Cornwall most of the them are from Newfoundland and Labrador. We have had a lot of storms this winter & unusually high tides for the last three months. This has resulted in large quantities of plastic being washed up – some from across the Atlantic & a lot from more local places.
Here’s the post from November 9, 2012-
Chris Easton writes- Dear Joey, Earlier this year I found a fishing tag which I think may be yours. It reads F/V NET PROFIT 7918 JOE CIARAMITARO along the bottom. I enjoy walking along the strand line on my local … Continue reading →