I knew lobsters would be a part of our daily diet when we went to the East Coast this past summer. What I didn’t know was how much of an influence these sea-critters have over the Maritime provinces (i.e. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI). I mean, everywhere, I kid you not, EVERYWHERE we went there would be some sort of a lobster knick-knack available for us to purchase as souvenirs. From soaps to candles, from wine corks to cheese boards, everything seems to be adorned by a lobster (or three).
This amused me to no end and led me to further research the influence of lobsters in the Maritime provinces. Did you know that the Ministers of Fisheries of the 3 provinces above actually appointed a Maritime Lobster Panel in May 2013? Their objective was to examine slumping lobster prices in the region. Considering lobster-fishing contributes over 1 billion Dollars into the Canadian economy, it’s a big deal when lobster prices went to an all-time low in May 2013. This led fishermen in all three Maritime Provinces to stop fishing in protest, which turned out to be disastrous because the lobster industry employs thousands of Maritimers and is the life-blood of hundreds of coastal communities (like Shediac, for example). Who knew, eh?
If you want to read more about it, here is the full report. I skimmed through it and found it quite boring, so unless you are really and truly curious about it, I suggest you skip it and enjoy these photographs instead. If not, go ahead and enjoy yourself. I’ll see you back here in a jiffy.
Are you a fan of lobster? Personally, I don’t like them. But then again, I also don’t like Nutella and I can’t stand NYC, so don’t mind me. I hate the fact that I have to work for my food – does anyone else feel this way? I’ll take scallops over lobsters any day.
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