Lobster boat captain Craig Stewart and sternman Tim Lovett start work before sunrise and haul traps for hours on end.
Making a living is harder now than ever before, as overhead costs for fuel, equipment, and bait steadily climb, while unprecedented lobster landings over the last several years have sent prices tumbling.
"We're struggling," said Stewart, a third-generation lobsterman who fishes off the coast of Portland."If I come in with 600 pounds, people will see that I made a $1000 for that day. They don't see that I just replaced the engine for $30,000 or that I paid over $300 for bait."
To experience the life of a Maine lobsterman, we headed to Portland, Me., and spent a day aboard Stewart's 36-foot working lobster boat.
Around 4:30 a.m., sternman Tim Lovett leaves Holyoke Wharf in South Portland to pick up captain Craig Stewart from Long Island in Casco Bay, near Portland.
By 6 a.m., Craig is at the helm. He begins zigzagging in and out of buoys to locate his traps.
Each lobster boat is limited to 800 traps as part of Maine law. A portion of the traps are hauled and set each day.
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