Lend a Hand | Weir building

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15 Jul 2014 Lend a Hand | Weir building

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A traditional MiqMaq fishing technique, ‘Weir’ fishing in Nova Scotia has been a way of life for many families for centuries past. As soon as spring weather allows countless hours of physical labour go in to build a weir . Dictated by the amazing tides of the Northumberland Strait, long posts cut from trees are driven into the exposed ocean floor. Meticulously placed and spaced in preparation for the net and brush that complete the fishing trap.

When Tropical storm Arthur hit Nova Scotia last week, our dear friends saw their weir and their livelihood literally wash away with the tide.
A group of friends including MRB’s Smitty and Corey heard the S.O.S and headed out. House building vs. Weir building, how different could it be?
With 2 daylight tides, 7am and 7pm, on Saturday the team made awesome progress rebuilding the weir and when they arrived for duty Sunday morning they were already reaping the benefits.

Exhausted from a weekend of Work Hard and Play Hard, Corey headed home with 20lb of fresh caught flounder, while Smitty was emptied handed.  Next time he might check the currency of pay as he prefers NOT to eat fish!

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