wa·ter·man | \ˈwȯ-tər-mən, ˈwä-\

Definition of waterman 

: one who works or lives on the water: such as

a : a man who makes his living from the water (as by fishing)

b : a boatman who plies for hire usually on inland waters or harbors

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In a typical year, Maryland watermen sell more than 30 million pounds of crabs, about $55 million worth at docks around the Chesapeake Bay. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "After July Fourth crab feasts, an uncertain season for Maryland seafood industry," 6 July 2018 Venezuelan crab meat was already a concern for many Maryland watermen, but not for health reasons — the imports are major competitors to local seafood. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Marylanders warned to avoid Venezuelan crab meat after nine sickened by Vibrio bacteria," 7 July 2018 Some past fish kills have been epic in proportions: In 1997, an outbreak of Pfisteria caused lesions in fish as well as health problems in watermen. Christina Tkacik, Washington Post, "Maryland officials investigate fish kill in Baltimore Harbor," 1 May 2018 Springtime has always been rife with hazard for the watermen of the Chesapeake. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 For years, Powley and other watermen have fished for crab bait to deliver to processors like Russell Hall Seafood. NBC News, "Trump's visa changes are clawing a famous crab town. And they voted for him.," 15 May 2018 Three-mile-long Tilghman Island (tilghmanisland.com/) is revered for its rustic milieu, multi-generational watermen and Phillips Wharf Environment Center’s touchy-feely nature experiences. Stephanie Citron, baltimoresun.com, "Can’t-miss detours along Maryland's Eastern Shore to explore on your beach trip this summer," 8 May 2018 In the 1980s, crab houses started bringing workers from Mexico through a program that lets them live and work in the United States during the warmer months and then return home in the winter, when watermen are prohibited from crabbing. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Crab crisis: Maryland seafood industry loses 40 percent of work force in visa lottery," 3 May 2018 The waterman — who bested 11-time world champion Kelly Slater last year at a CT event — is already planning trips to countries like Taiwan and China to promote the sport. NBC News, "For some American athletes, competing for a different country can bring rewards and controversy," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of waterman

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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