Darkness lifts and so do fishermen's hopes on setting day in French River

Story and photos by Jim Brown
Jim Brown can be reached at peijim@hotmail.com
Forty boats left from French River port for ancestral lobster grounds just as dawn broke at 6 am Monday, April 30. Hundreds of people watched the boats from shore, many snapping photos of the vessels as they passed.
Fishermen from ports throughout the Island headed out on setting day of the spring lobster fishery, hearing reports before they left of favorable conditions for a strong lobster catch. Days earlier fishermen were busy getting traps loaded onto vessels after they were baited.

Getting ready to launch. French River fishermen load up for setting day

Launching into a new season

Friends and family of lobster fishermen fill the shoreline, arriving on a fog shrouded morning just as the darkness lifted