Little Cranberry Lobster

Captains & Boats

Every captain in the Little Cranberry Isle Fishermen’s Coop started out as crew. Lobster fishing not something you learn in a book, it’s time-honored work learned by doing. And it is hard work on ocean waters where anything can happen, and it does. Crew members are commonly called sternmen for the stern of a lobster boat, where the sternman hauls each trap aboard the boat.

Traps vary some in size but most are 4 ft. and weigh in at 75 pounds, including the ropes. More than half of the boats in our fleet go for the 800 trap limit, hauling 400 traps per day. It’s physically demanding and repetitive work, but with a sternman aboard, the fishing is faster and safer.

Our crew members come from all walks of life and experience, from island kids who can’t wait to get out on the water to mainlanders from MDI and far beyond. Our crew “graduates” include a doctor, a nurse, an award-winning author and a public health administrator. As a founding captain of the Coop aptly put it, “the stern of a boat is a good place to figure things out.”

 

    • Bruce
      Fernald

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      Bruce Fernald

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    • Mark
      Fernald

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      Mark Fernald

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    • David
      Thomas

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      David Thomas

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    • Corey
      Alley

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      Corey Alley

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    • Ricky
      Alley

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      Ricky Alley

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    • Stefanie
      Alley

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      Stefanie Alley

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Richard

Howland

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Richard Howland

 

 

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    • Steven
      Philbrook

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      Steven Philbrook

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    • Jack
      Merrill

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      Jack Merrill

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Mark Nighman

 
Boat The Dividend, A 36 ft. fiberglass RP, built in Steuben, ME. “The boat is making us dividends.”
Coop Member Manager