Fishermen aid neighbors with donations of lobster



Fisherman Stevie Smith has challenged other area lobstermen to donate lobsters to the Bar Harbor Food Pantry. PHOTO BY AMANAT KHULLAR

Fisherman Stevie Smith has challenged other area lobstermen to donate lobsters to the Bar Harbor Food Pantry.
PHOTO BY AMANAT KHULLAR

BAR HARBOR — Sharing the lobster catch with family and friends is a long tradition, but this year some fishermen are finding new ways to do good with their “bugs.” These lobster philanthropists are making donations of lobster, either to be sold to raise money or eaten by those who don’t often enjoy Maine’s signature dish.

Last week, lobsterman Sherman Stanley put out a call on social media for donations of lobster to support the family of Andy Mays, a Southwest Harbor fisherman who has been fighting cancer and unable to fish this year.

“The fishermen at Southwest Lobster have decided to each donate 25 lobsters each during the week of Aug. 17-22,” Stanley wrote. “We are asking all fishermen to join us in this great cause by dropping off 25 lobsters at SW lobster and inform the dock hands that they are to go toward the benefit for Andy. They will have you sign a book, which will be given to Andy along with a check for the lobsters.”

Stanley said Southwest Lobster would accept donations of money as well. Those interesting in contributing may also call him at 244-3273.

Mays is known for looking out for others on the water, including assisting in the rescue of Ronnie Musetti and sternmen last year following an engine failure in bad weather.

On the other side of Mount Desert Island, Stevie Smith of Eastbrook donated 20 lobsters to the Bar Harbor Food Pantry last week. Smith hauls traps by hand from his rowboat. He challenged other lobstermen to donate, too, “if they can spare them.”

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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