Salt Tasting Traps

What might these traps be for? Crab? Lobster? Some other oceanic creepy crawly?

And who would be using these traps? Fishermen, yes, but do you know any?

We of the white collar world often forget all the sweat that makes our lives easy. Sweat not found in the gym.

And salt, what these traps will taste again soon.

3 Comments so far

  1. cd (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

    Given that dungeness crap season just started – and given the recent coverage of yet another year’s dispute on crab prices – these look like dungeness traps to me.

    (We might have better answers to your questions if you included the location of the shots – this and the mystery equipment, etc.)

    I do know a fisherman, actually. One that has fished dungeness crabs out of SF in the past. I’ve never had them, he says they’re amazingly tasty.

    If you search the Chron archives (or google it or whatever), you’ll likely find ample information on the somewhat stormy relationship of SF and her fishing industry. Last year, I believe, there was a lot of coverage of a proposed increase in wharf fees that threatened to price the fisherman right out of Fisherman’s Wharf.


  2. TinMan (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 4:11 pm

    Lobster (well, at least Maine lobster – the one most Americans are familiar with) is an Atlantic Ocean critter.

    Those are traps for Dungeness crab. If you like Maryland blue crab, you’ll probably like Dungeness. If you don’t like blue crab, you should pass.


  3. cd (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 4:38 pm

    I’d guess 99% of restaurants offering lobster offer the Maine variety – the kind with the big claws that people think of when they think “lobster.”

    The native lobster off our coast – the California Spiny Lobster – relies on different defense mechanisms and is red, rather than blue, even pre-boiling. It avoids getting eated by natural predators either by using its tail to propel it back out of the way quickly, or by laying the smack down with its two long, spiny antenae.

    Some anecdotal googling reveals one Bobby Flay “BBQ California Spiny Lobster” recipe among some others. As far as I know, they aren’t a mainstay of CA Fishing industry.

    And a random, tangential aside – if you or anyone you know ever feels bad for those poor Maine lobsters waiting to be served in restaurant or market tanks – DO NOT do them a favor and free them by chucking them into California waters. They are territorial little bastards with big claws that easily defeat our native guys and put the California spiny population at risk.

    I used to work at an aquarium. Can you tell?



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