A lobster wharf has a team of lobstermen that supply that wharf/buyer with lobsters. The lobster wharf supplies each boat/fisherman with bait,fuel,a railway to haul the stricken vessel out of the water(no matter the tide,within reason) for repairs and usually a line of credit if necessary for business related items. The buyer sets up the market for the lobsters(unless the buyer is also the market,such as Linda) and sets the price.
Wharves are often in communication with each other as to the price d'jour.
I'm very happy to not be going lobstering any more,John. Basically,I can't stand the claustrophobic feeling of one ear in the fog. The constant not knowing where sounds are coming from which set up a very close call with a 1,000 foot tanker in '09.
Our local Episcopal Church has a "Lobsterfest" every year around this time (it was last week). They started it to help keep the church solvent and it has grown to where the funds are now going right out into the community charities, etc.
My mother-in-law is a native of Gloucester, MA. Grew up eating lobster, cooked a gazillion of 'em, etc.
The day they had the big feed, I had to take my M-I-L to the doctor. She complained the whole way...
She was upset because she had accidently scheduled an appointment for when she was supposed to go PROTEST the Lobsterfest. After eating lobster for 70+yrs, she now feels that they are being cooked/killed "inhumanely".
She is a member of PETA (of course). She is a great M-I-L...but a total nutcase.