Lobster fishing in Canada is not for the faint of heart. It’s a rigorous and demanding profession that requires brave souls to venture out into the unpredictable waters of the North Atlantic. I was fortunate enough to experience a day of lobster fishing on a particularly nice day, but I quickly learned that luck alone won’t guarantee a successful catch.
One of the most important tasks on board the fishing boat is banding lobster claws. This responsibility falls upon one crew member for the entire trip. It may sound simple, but it took me a few tries to get the hang of it. Banding the claws is essential to prevent the lobsters from attacking each other, a common occurrence in the confined quarters of a lobster trap. It’s a delicate task that requires precision.
My lobster fishing experience took place during a winter lobster shoot, offering a glimpse into the harsh conditions that fishermen endure. Some boats brave the sub-zero temperatures for three to five days at a time, battling freezing winds and icy waters. However, as the saying goes, “the colder the water, the sweeter the lobster!”
Canada predominantly harvests hard-shell lobsters, ensuring a full-meated and high-quality catch.
The live market primarily destinates these lobsters, allowing us to ship them overseas, where their exquisite flavor is in high demand.
“This adventure appeared in a segment from the PBS series, Off the Beaten Palate. Which showcased the dedication and resilience of Canadian lobster fishermen. It’s a profession deeply connected to the rhythms of nature and the rugged beauty of the Atlantic coast. Where every catch testifies to the enduring spirit of those who earn their living on the open sea.”