South West Nova Scotia - Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Tourism Association Living Wharves interpreter Louise Deveau likes to put lobster bands around the fingers of tourists to demonstrate how they are used to band claws.
“They can’t believe how strong they are,” she laughed.
This was her seventh year working with the program and she says she loves it.
She shows visitors how to shuck a scallop, braid and splice rope, tie knots and many other skills associated with the fishing industry.
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores is home to one of Canada’s largest fisheries. Over 40 species of fish are harvested from its shores, and thousands are employed in the industry.
Tourism development officer Charles Robicheau says that while he has not compiled all the numbers, he can anecdotally say the participation rate for the Living Wharves program looks good.
“Year over year we have had over 1,000 people per season attend demonstrations,” he said.
Living Wharves was held seven days a week at different wharves in the region. Each wharf draws visitors for different reasons.
“Port Maitland is a popular location because beach goers often check it out,” he said.
Sandford has been very successful as well because of the small drawbridge there. Pubnico is also very popular because Dennis Point Wharf get lots of traffic.
“In fact, all the locations do well, including the Ice Plant Wharf in Yarmouth and the Wedgeport Tuna Wharf,” he said.
Interpreters have recorded visitors from all over the world, including France, the Netherlands and Alaska.
Living Wharves Fishing Experiences take place annually from July 1 to Sept. 15