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The Jewel of the Bay – Grand Manan

The Jewel of the Bay – Grand Manan

  • Author: Robert van Waarden
  • Date Posted: Apr 13, 2014
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 (Robert van Waarden)

Grand Manan is a jewel of an island located in the Bay of Fundy. Home to over 2000 people, the majority of the income and livelihood is somehow connected to the booming lobster fishery. I was lucky enough to join Brian Guptill and his crew on board the Lucky Duck to get a first hand look at the life of a lobster fisherman.

Our 14 hour day began at five am and I spent the majority of that feeding the fishes. I would lose my breakfast overboard and pick up the camera to keep shooting. It wasn’t exactly a pleasant experience for the first little while but the seas and my stomach calmed down in the afternoon. I must say that the lobster that accompanied me home in my bag made it worth it.

One of the fisherman, Henry Harris, was kind enough to share an interview with me the next day and allow me to make his portrait. This portrait, not seen here, will certainly be a part of the final exhibit. It is apparent to most on this island that if an oil tanker were to go down in the Bay of Fundy it could wipe out the lobster fishing industry and the island.

 (Robert van Waarden)

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