Salt Stories Blog Archive December, 2011
The lobster processing business is vital to the Maine economy. Port Clyde's prominent business is fishing, including lobster. Local fishermen, however, have been shipping their catch to Canadian processing plants. Salt students Jessie Wright-Mendoza, Katrina Roi, Wolfgang Daniel, and Gillian Fish paid a visit to Port Clyde and interviewed two processors: Kyle Murdock and Linda Bean, the granddaughter of the famous L.L. Bean, are both are attempting to bring this important industry back to the local community.
Port Clyde has been sending fishermen to sea for generations, the products of their fathers' and grandfather's legacies. The community takes a great deal of pride in its fishing past, and its role sustaining and protecting the culture of fishing livelihoods in the Northeast. But with these traditional livelihoods come sacrifices for fishermen and their families.