Captain Dan Cosby has been fishing from Little Harbor and Saturday Cove on Penobscot Bay in Northport for over 15 years. He is a seasoned captain that prefers to spend every day, if possible, at sea whether in his lobster boat the Fisher Girl or chartering/captaining/delivering private yachts. Lobster fishing is Dan’s chosen career, hard work that positions him at sea to enjoy his daily ritual of navigating the water, reading the tides, and being cautiously aware of the weather.

In Dan’s travels, especially among his private yacht clients, his chosen career of lobster fishing has led to many inquiries. Everyone wants to know “how are they caught?”, “when are they best?”, “what do they eat?”, “how can you tell a male from a female?”, and “what is a hard shell versus a soft shell?” This is just the beginning. This frequent line of questioning made Dan aware that people all over the world wonder how Maine lobster is caught and that they hold Maine lobster in high esteem.

Curiosity aside the locavore movement has swept the U. S. Everyone wants/needs to know where their food comes from. At Dan’s wedding rehearsal lobsters were served that were caught in Dan’s traps, out of Saturday Cove, that day. Everyone at the party concurred; a better lobster could not be had. Many people indulged by eating 3 lobsters in one sitting. Gluttony to be sure, but the enjoyment and freshness of those lobsters was incomparable. You can get a Maine lobster from your local grocery store. But ask yourself how was it transported? How long did it sit in a distribution center? How long has it been in the tank? It is often weeks. Lobster is a food meant to be eaten fresh from the sea. It does not improve with age.

While contemplating the freshness of lobsters from your own personal leased lobster trap, shipped when you want them, it is also important to note that lobster fishing sustainability is key to all fishermen in the state of Maine. Most laws and regulations were put in place in the 1800s by Maine fisherman looking to sustain their fishery. Self preservation and conservation is a Maine way of life. Traps are designed to let small lobsters feed and leave. Rules are in place to ensure that only lobsters of adequate size can be harvested. Females caught with eggs are notched with a “v” in the tale and returned to the sea. Females proved to be breeders (those with v notches) are also thrown back. All in all, on any normal fishing day, more lobsters are thrown back than kept to keep lobster fishing alive and abundant.

Dan takes additional steps by only feeding his lobsters bait from the sea. Not law yet, fisherman can bait traps with what they think may catch a lobster, including cow hide. Dan only uses bait caught from the sea, a natural feeding source to the lobster, typically herring. You can now be sure of where your lobster comes from, who harvested it and what it was fed.

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