What is a Fleet Launch?

The village of Alma is celebrating the launch of the fall fishing fleet on several days this year beginning with the launching of the lobster fleet on Friday, Oct. 14. Festivities will continue on Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16, in the Village, Fundy National Park, and the surrounding area. Hundreds of people often…

The deliciousness of lobster

A lobster meal is a wonderful treat and there are many different ways to prepare this crustacean. While the Fleet Launch signals the beginning of lobster-fishing season, it may not be possible to sample this luscious treat until a couple of days after the launch. Lobster from Alma is so good, there’s usually none left…

A chat with a lobsterman

                It’s been four decades since Terry Rossiter first took to the sea to fish for lobster.                 Back then, the 13-year-old Rossiter was part of the crew on an Alma lobster boat named Leona Mae.  It didn’t take too long for the teenager to decide that hunting for lobster on the giant tides of…

The week surrounding Launch

While the Fleet Launch is the focus of the week, there will be lots more to do for visitors and locals. Organizers are taking great care to incorporate events that will appeal to both adults and children during the days surrounding the launch. Most are free, although some require a small fee to cover costs….

What to expect at Fleet Launch

Imagine this: The morning sun is getting ready to appear over the hills surrounding the village of Alma. On the dock, enormous lights illuminate scores of men and women scurry to hastily load baited traps and giant multi-colored buoys onto boats that wait hitched to the wharf. Meanwhile the dark waters of the Bay of…

The Village of Alma

Welcome to the village at the heart of the Bay of Fundy. It’s the jumping-off point for exploring the magnificent Fundy National Park and the world-renowned ecosystem of the UNESCO-designated Fundy Biosphere Reserve. Alma is also home to one of the most active lobster fleets in the bay, where lobster reach “monster” sizes due to…

Other Fleet Launch Happenings

While the Fleet Launch is certainly the main attraction there are plenty of other things to do in the days both before and after launch day. Restaurants in town will be serving their special menus, the village’s microbrewery will mix up a batch of special spirits for fall. Freshly caught lobster should be available for…