♦ February 21, 2013
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If you were to cruise along the Maine coast, you’d see dots of bright colors floating everywhere on the surface of the ocean. Buoys are attached by rope to the traps that sit on the bottom. Each lobsterman paints his/her buoys with a unique color pattern. This way they can later find and identify their traps. An indicator buoy is displayed on all boats so everyone will know which buoys belong to which fisherman. Traditionally, lobster buoys were made of wood, but now most are plastic or Styrofoam. Whether from lumber or artificial materials, they are pretty, practical, and necessary for this vital livelihood.