Grand Manan Local Customs

  • A European Red Deer Stag
    A European Red Deer Stag
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  • A Fish Trap
    A Fish Trap
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  • Drying 'Dulse' on the front 'lawn'
    Drying 'Dulse' on the front 'lawn'
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    Deer Farm

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Apr 18, 2007

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    A European Red Deer Stag

    While biking along between Seal Cove and the Anchorage, we were surprised to suddenly come across what appeared to be a deer farm. We first noticed the antlers on this large buck, enclosed within a pen along with other smaller deer with antlers. A few hundred feet further along, on the other side of the road, was another large fenced in area with about 20 female deer. It turns out that this Mark Hill Deer Farm is one of two on the island that maintain herds of European Red deer.

    Although both Moose and Deer were introduced in the 1800's, the Moose were hunted to extinction once government protection was withdrawn. Presently, the largest animals roaming around the island are raccoons and beavers, although local White-tailed Deer sometimes swim across from the mainland.

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    Edible Seaweed

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jan 5, 2005

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    Drying 'Dulse' on the front 'lawn'

    Dulse is a particular type of seaweed that grows in the inter-tidal zone of the Bay of Fundy, as well as a few other places in the world. It is very rich in nutrients, but its taste also takes some getting used to.

    During the daily low tide cycles (the tidal range at the mouth of the Bay here is about 20 feet), it is possible to walk out onto the exposed rocks and harvest the dulse in large bags. Typically, it is then sun-dried on the pebbly beaches that are typical of this part of the world.

    Here, while Russell and I were returning from our final bike trip to Long Eddy Point, I passed a couple reeling the stuff off to dry in their front yard on what appears to be an artificial beach! I had never before seen this 'rolled up' method of drying the wet dulse.

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    Fishing

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Aug 2, 2004

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    Fishing Boats at Ingall's Head

    There are many different types of fisheries carried on in these very productive waters. It varies with different fishing seasons for such things as lobster, herring, mussells, clams and scallops - as well as farmed salmon. Here, part of the fleet is pulled up out of the water at Ingalls Head, with many of these boats undergoing painting and various other repairs as we passed by.

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    Herring Weir

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Aug 2, 2004

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    A Fish Trap

    Southern NB is famous for its sardines (juvenile herrings), with the Connors Brothers plants producing tins of them in vast quantities. One of the easiest ways to catch herring is to set up a 'weir' just off the coast so the schools of fish swimming along the shoreline will bump into it.

    The design of the wier includes a long straight section of net that guides the passing fish into an area of circular nets. Once the fish are inside this circular part, they continue to swim around its inner walls, which are designed to keep the fish headed away from the opening through which they entered the weir.

    Periodically, a fishing boat is brought into the weir to harvest the fish trapped within its walls. This weir is in North Head, beside Swallowtail Lighthouse.

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