National Fisherman


ST. MICHAELS, Md. -- It's still dark outside when Guy Spurry and his 19-year-old son Austin begin their day. 
 
Beneath the darkness of the November sky, the two men drive past the Eastern Shore fishing village of Neavitt, and pull up to a dock where Guy Spurry’s 31-year-old boat, the Voyager, rocks back and forth gently against the salty waves. 
 
Watermen have been harvesting the seafood enjoyed by Marylanders for centuries. But only time will tell how long the tradition will last. 
 
“It’s hard enough to make it as a waterman these days, given the fact that so many of the things that they’re harvesting -- like crabs -- the numbers are declining,” said Kate Livie, director of education at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum of St. Michaels. 
 
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