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It’s a Family Affair on Scenic Orr’s Island, Maine

Meet Captain Chuck!

Lobster fishing is a way of life and often a family affair.  On Orr’s Island, which is connected to another larger island by bridge, Chuck has a mother, wife and 2 daughters that work at the local island restaurant (serving countless lobster rolls to locals and tourists alike.)  This family involvement of several, if not all family members, in the business of lobster, can be witnessed among hundreds of ocean harbors along the eastern seaboard.   Local employment is driven by fisheries, and in this delicious case, the wild caught fishery of lobster.

Chuck, like many lobster fishermen is found selling a portion of his catch fresh from the boat.  Like a farmer’s fruit stand on a scenic country road, nautical settings like Orr’s Island, offer hungry customers, the opportunity to know exactly who caught dinner.  In this case it’s our hero, and each day, his family sells live lobster from a wharf in front of their home.  This flash sale opens for a whopping “one half hour” each afternoon.  Now that’s island living!

Located in Casco Bay and the Gulf of Mane, the small group of islands that make up Chuck’s community consists of 300 – 400 lobster fishermen in the surrounding waters.  They rely on the sea for their livelihood, as did the generations of fishermen who frequented the fish shack, photographed above with our hero.  Having stood the test of time for over 200 years, the shack and  surrounding land have been put into a special trust.  The protective trust names commercial fishermen as the focus and honors a long line of fishermen and future generations to come.

West Wind Lobster Boat Tours – Come Aboard this Red Beauty

Cruise Along Casco Bay and Take in the Natural Scenery

Take a trip on gorgeous Casco Bay with West Wind Lobster Boat Tours!   During the first part of the two hour tour, Captain Jay McGowen will explain the history of lobstering as he navigates toward his traps. Then, he will demonstrate how a trap is lifted from the ocean floor and opened to collect the lobsters inside. The basic anatomy of the lobster is next, along with how the trap works.

Once the traps have been pulled, they also look for seals often funding them basking in the sun on some ledges off of a larger island. Private charters are available as well.

Why we love it: The red lobster boat for this tour is incredibly good looking.  

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