Editor's Note: See more about the Lobstermen of Maine on HLN's "American Journey," hosted by Ty Pennington, Saturday, January 12 at 8 p.m. ET.
The life of a lobsterman has never been easy. But like a lot of people these days, lobstermen are working a lot harder for a lot less. There are a whole bunch of reasons -- the bad economy, government regulations, the price of gas -- the list goes on and on. But one big reason simply comes down to price. Even though you pay a lot for lobster at a restaurant -- the lobstermen hardly make a thing. The lobster passes several hands before it reaches your plate and each hand takes a cut.
But, despite the low pay, the long hours and the time away from their families, these lobstermen continue. They continue because it's in their blood. They continue because it's a family tradition. They continue because they love it. Click through the gallery to learn more about the Lobstermen of Maine - and don't forget to watch their story Saturday, January 12 on "American Journey" hosted by Ty Pennington.