Since he was 8 years old, Dale has been fishing the waters around Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada. The island, which is near the Maine and Canadian border, boasts about 750 full time residents. Accessible only by car ferry, Deer Island is surrounded by the Bay of Fundy, which has some of the highest tides in the world. With up to 28 feet rise and fall of tide every twelve hours, you have to be careful where you leave your boat. Timing is everything when it comes to fishing in these parts of Canada.
Lobster fishing with his son by his side, Dale recounts how his father fished, his grandfather fished and several generations before that fished. Fishing knowledge is handed down from generation to generation. “My father and I were best friends. I chased him every day; whatever he was doing, I was doing.”
Life in the lobster business has been good for Dale, who says everything he has comes from fishing. This includes his wife, who he met when she was on island doing her PhD study on the Deer island fisheries. As part of her research, she called to interview him. They were married 7 months later.