North End Lobster Co-Op, Maine

The hardest-working small business people in Maine are the lobstermen.  Their metal traps weigh about 40 pounds, which they have to pull to the surface every few days. Hopefully they're holding  a couple crustaceans.  Many lobstermen anchor in harbors where they cooperatively sell their catches to the harbormaster, who sells it to distributors restaurants, locals or visitors.

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This co-op, run by Jim, is on Westport Island at Cushman Cove.  It’s one of the smallest - I’d guess no more than a dozen lobster boats.