Trap Day on Monhegan Island

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Boston Globe: Sherm Stanley, wearing his orange oilskin, eases his 40’ boat from the stubby town dock just after dawn and navigates the foggy harbor in slow pirouettes.

This is Trap Day, the beginning of Monhegan’s lobster season, and Stanley will wait until all 11 boats are ready to begin a frenzied, exhausting, and exhilarating day of setting 300 traps each for the long winter harvest. That’s the tradition, replayed yesterday, on this tiny island of dirt roads, forest, and towering cliffs 10 miles off mid-coast Maine.

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