I first went lobster fishing with brothers Terry Sandell and Randy Sandell in early June 2010. I spent three days with them as they fished in the Bay of Fundy aboard their boat "Irish Lass," for whom this project is named. In August of 2010 I spent two more days with them as they fished the Northumberland Strait aboard Randy's boat "Sagittarius." From 2011 to 2016 I made several more trips with them as they prepared their gear and fished in the Bay of Fundy during the spring lobster season. The resulting photographs document their routine as well as some of the vessels and scenery along the way.
The "Sagittarius" was based out of Petit-Cap, New Brunswick, and fished the Northumberland Strait in Lobster Fishing Area (LFA) 25. The "Irish Lass" and their next boat "On the Run," use Five Fathom Hole, New Brunswick, just west of the city of Saint John, as their home port. Both vessels fished the Bay of Fundy in Lobster Fishing Area 36. Fishermen in LFA 36 have both a spring and fall lobster season but I only made trips in the spring.
In June 2015, I also sailed with Skipper Bruce Jack and the crew of the Andrea Lynn as they fished lobster along Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore. This work was part of my artistic residency in Port Bickerton, NS, but it also forms a chapter of the Aboard the Irish Lass project.
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