Do you eat fish?
Have you ever had sardines?
Stinson’s Canning Co. opened in 1906 and the family operated it until 2000. it burned to the ground in 1968 and they rebuilt it immediately. A couple of larger companies, like Bumblebee Foods owned it until 2010.
Since 2010 there are no longer any sardine processing plants in the United States. The last one, located in Prospect Harbor Maine closed at that time.
Prospect Harbor is located on the Schoodic Peninsula of Acadia National Park. It is a very small town with a very active and diverse population (for a small Maine town) When the plant was active it employed many local plant workers and fishermen. The Maine waters produced fish to catch and pack. In 2004 the allowable catch was 180,000 metric tons and in 2010 the limit was 91,000. When you think about that many fish it is amazing. Bill Curtslinger wrote the following about his experience on a fishing boat.
“I have witnessed a herring school swim briefly alongside a boat, their huge numbers darkening the water as far as the eye could see….the underwater school looked like one massive organism pulsating and shifting this way and that…a million expressionless eyes stared back from the wall of fish….”