Island tradition was the cause of our 4:30 a.m. rise, but the fog was discouraging. While we don't get much fog, having it on this day was disappointing. We decided to go anyway.
As we drove to Malpeque, the fog lifted. By the time we arrived, the fog bank was visible off-shore but the basin was clear.
Pillar buoy visible above the fog
It was setting day, the day when the lobster traps are set in place for another season on the north shore of Prince Edward Island. On this day, over one thousand boats left various ports on the north shore loaded with traps.
This first day is a big occasion for lobster fishers, with family and others watching as the boats head out, loaded with the baited traps. Some watched from the wharf area as the boats pulled away.
Others waited on Cabot Beach as the boats headed into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The proceedings are under the watchful eye of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Fishery officers, present in the basin, checked the traps on-board to ensure fishers do not exceed trap limits.
Traps over the limit were left on the wharf. The officers then followed the boats into the Gulf.
Baited traps left on the wharf
Captains maneuvered through the marked channel in the basin. Family members waved and cheered as their fishers motored past.
Even the family dog came along for some fun on the beach.
Each boat, in turn, navigated the channel.
The water was rougher than we expected but the boats, though low in the water,
quickly disappeared into the fog off-shore.
We could hear them in the distance. The first lobster of the season will be available this week.