Thoughts about the lob­ster sea­son

Tri-County Vanguard - - Op-ed - Kristy Her­ron

On the re­cent dump­ing day, in­deed through­out the en­tire Lob­ster sea­son, I re­mem­ber so clearly my first year in south­west Nova Sco­tia.

I am what is re­ferred to as a CFA – come from away. I am a farm girl raised with the mantra if one of us is in need then we all stand be­hind that per­son and do what we can to make a dif­fer­ence. That fall was quite event­ful. I was warmly wel­comed to my new home and en­cour­aged to be­come part of the com­mu­nity.

My new friends and neigh­bours were so de­light­ful. I still make Digby my home be­cause I am not ob­jec­tive about this – Digby is a place where one can find friend­ship, ac­cep­tance and sup­port. It is truly a wel­com­ing place.

I knew the hard­ships, the ef­fort and the de­ter­mi­na­tion it took to make your liv­ing at the whims of na­ture. How­ever, I did not un­der­stand the sac­ri­fice or brav­ery of those who make their liv­ing from the sea.

The south­west lob­ster fish­ery is the most lu­cra­tive one in Nova Sco­tia, yet it is con­ducted when the North At­lantic and Bay of Fundy are at their most un­pre­dictable. This is not an easy way to make a like­li­hood. Yet, those who go to the sea in­sist this is the life they want and choose. The sea is a mis­tress. Once she has you, she is your bea­con. Sailors fol­low her re­quests. We, as con­sumers, so very much en­joy the re­sults of these gal­lant war­riors, as do oth­ers count­ing on our prod­ucts and ex­ports.

Get­ting back to my in­tro­duc­tion. A cap­tain of a ves­sel had been lost. His mates had been res­cued, but he was, at that junc­ture, lost. Preg­nant and not re­ally mo­bile, I set up my home on the point as a com­fort sta­tion with warm bev­er­ages and with the sup­port of a lo­cal bak­ery with food, in­clud­ing sand­wiches. The men of the com­mu­nity searched the shores. He was found, but it was too late. He had passed. I hold him and his fam­ily in my heart and in my prayers when an­other sea­son starts and at this time of year.

He was a dear son, hus­band, fa­ther and com­mu­nity mem­ber. He was one who gra­ciously wel­comed me. He was so spe­cial.

As our war­riors go out to the sea, let us hope they all re­turn. Their ef­forts are a sig­nif­i­cant as­pect of the eco­nomic sta­bil­ity of our re­gion. Their frozen hands and sore mus­cles make life bet­ter for all of us. They leave their fam­i­lies when they pur­sue a life on the sea. Yet that is their pri­mary mo­ti­va­tion – a good life for their loved ones.

When­ever we see their boats leav­ing our safe har­bour, let us pon­der their ef­forts and sac­ri­fice. Let us keep into per­spec­tive their chal­lenges, their risk and their tenac­ity. Let us keep them, their chil­dren, in our prayers. Let us ac­knowl­edge their ef­forts to con­trib­ute. What they do has pro­found pos­i­tive im­pact on the econ­omy of SW Nova.

They de­serve our thanks.

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