Lobster fishing is not only the most lucrative fishery in the state of Maine, it’s also an integral part of the culture here. Fishing is more than a job for the men and women that make their living from the sea, it’s a way of life that gets handed down from generation to generation. In this picture, the lobster boat, Rebecca Marie, rests on her hull on shore in Stonington, Maine. Lobstermen will often do this when work needs to be done, such as bottom painting, without hauling the boat completely out of the water. When the tide rises again, the boat can be floated off and resume the hunt for crustaceans.
Beals Island has a year-round population of around 500. Located in Downeast Maine, the majority of the island’s residents rely on the lobster fishery to support their families and community. If you want an authentic taste of the working waterfront on the Maine coast, Beals is a great place to visit—just don’t expect to find a hotel room or shopping opportunities. There’s none of that here.
Skiffs are small flat-bottomed boats that fisherman use to row to and from their lobster boats. 3 skiffs shows these boats tied up on a massive piece of granite ledge on a foggy day, ready for use when needed again.
Lamoine is a small town located about 30 minutes from Acadia National Park. I’m lucky to call this place home. Pilings, lobster boat, fog is a picture I made on a quiet, foggy morning on the Mount Desert Narrows waterfront where most local fisherman moor their boats. The pilings are useful to tie off boats when needed, and also are favorite resting spots for the ubiquitous gulls.