#4: The Business of Elvers

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Every spring, fishermen in Maine put out nets to catch baby eels – also known as elvers – as they make their way up streams from the ocean. They don’t look like much, but the 2-inch-long eels are worth up to $2,500 per pound, making them about 500 times more valuable by weight than lobster. That’s because aquaculture operations in Asia will raise the wild-caught eels to full size, then sell them for their meat. And while populations in Europe and Asia have collapsed, Maine and South Carolina are the only states that allow fishermen to catch the baby eels. The result? Huge profits for the few fishermen who have permits to catch them. Darrell Young, co-director and founder of the Maine Elver Fishermen’s Association, explains the business and takes us to check his nets outside Ellsworth, Maine.

Episode #3: The One Who Came Back

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Every year, hundreds of Gloucester fishermen went to sea and never returned. Howard Blackburn should have been one of them. His story of survival against the odds made him a local hero, but he didn’t stop there. He went on to perform one of the great feats of seafaring – and then he did it again.

Music

“Emmit Sprak” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Freezing” by David Szesztay

“Celadon” by Podington Bear

“In My Head” by Podington Bear

“Sad Cyclops” by Podington Bear

“Skeptic” by Podington Bear

 

Links

Cape Ann Museum

Three Sheets to the Wind

Episode #2: Fish Camp


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Jeff and Deb Sandler (a.k.a. Mr. and Mrs. Fish) couldn’t stand each other when they met – they were rivals for the job of education director of Maine’s Portland Aquarium. Four decades later, they’ve traveled all over the world getting kids excited about marine biology with a mix of theater, slapstick comedy, and songs. Along the way, they fell in love. Now they’ve reached the last week of Fish Camp, and they’re getting ready to hang up their flippers.

Music

“Partly Sage” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Rythme Gitan” by Latché Swing

“Inamorata” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Twosome” by Podington Bear

“Everybody” by Podington Bear

Links

Mr. and Mrs. Fish

Episode #1: Whales of New York

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Hundreds of years of hunting decimated whale populations around the world. More than 50 years since global whaling restrictions were put in place, the North Atlantic right whale is still on the verge of extinction. Other species have begun to bounce back – notably humpback whales, which have returned to the waters around New York City. But now they face a new danger: swimming in the East Coast’s busiest shipping lanes.

Links

Gotham Whale

Eric Jay Dolin’s “Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America”

Results from the New York Bight buoy

Music

“Vulcanizing Society” by Barnacled

“Complect for…” by Kosta T

“Denzel Sprak” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Emmit Sprak” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Helmer Sprak” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Zither Sprak” by Blue Dot Sessions