We see lobster served in fancy restaurants so often that it’s easy to forget there are places where it is caught and sold for under $3 a pound. We recently spent time in Maine — home of some of the world’s best lobsters — and familiarized ourselves with the process of catching these amazing shellfish. We got on a lobster boat at 4:00 am to film a day on the job. From there we got to see a gorgeous sunrise, and watched this lobsterman and his daughter pull in traps for hours, then throw back the small (or very large) lobsters, and keep the few that were the right size. Through this repetitive, meditative process we learned a lot about the lobsterman’s perspective on regulation, prices, and the draw of the ocean.
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