Lobster Trap Setting Day
Each spring on the last day of April, all of the fishing boats from the many harbours around the coastline parade out to sea to set their traps. Here on Prince Edward Island, we were a day late due to weather but starting at 5:30am on May 1st, hundreds of boats made their way out the mouth of their harbours and awaited sunrise. At first sight of the sun at 5:58am, the boats race off to their respective territories to begin fishing season.
Today’s Image – North Rustico Harbour
I had spent some time over the past few weeks visiting and trying to decide which harbour I would go to this year. With all the news about Lighthouse surplus, North Rustico was looking to be a good option to get a full boat of traps in front of a Lighthouse.
The following are a small selection from the morning.
I don’t have an exact count but my guess is North Rustico has about 30-40 boats.
Lined up along the beach, once that sun appears, the race is on. In a few hours, they will return to the harbour, load the boats a second time and go back out to sea.