RI Lobstermen Using New Digital Calipers

Lobsterman. Photo/NEB, Eric Brust
Lobsterman. Photo/NEB, Eric Brust

Providence Journal: Thick fog obscures all but the lower towers of the Claiborne Pell Bridge as Al Eagles throttles down the Catherine Ann and drifts up to one of his pink buoys on this August morning.

He’s about to do what he’s been doing since he was 10 years old: pull on a line until a lobster trap sitting on the bottom is up on the gunwale with the day’s catch. Over the years, Eagles, 63, has gone from a 14’ skiff and hand-hauled single wooden traps he fished as a boy to a 43’ boat with a motorized winch to bring aboard sets of 20 plastic pots strung along trawl lines.

All in all, however, the technology hasn’t changed a great deal, which is why it’s curious to see Eagles pull out a tablet computer and digital calipers when deckhand Mark Clarke places the twitching lobsters out on a table to be measured.

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